Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available for New Zealand businesses through Australian datacentres

 |   Microsoft NZ News Centre

Microsoft New Zealand announced today that Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services are now available for hosting through Microsoft’s Australian datacentres, joining Microsoft Azure to create Australasia’s most complete cloud.

Frazer Scott, Microsoft NZ’s Director of Marketing & Operations, says delivering these services from more locally based datacentres will provide New Zealand businesses with even faster performance, offer geo-redundant back-up, and help address data residency considerations.

“As of today, any new Kiwi customers that subscribe to Office 365 or Dynamics CRM Online will have their service run through the Australian datacentres. This is a significant milestone as we and our partners work to help Kiwi businesses and organisations do more and achieve more, anywhere, anytime, on any device – on a cloud service they can trust,” says Scott.

“Clearly, to have confidence in the cloud, you need a trustworthy cloud service – and we’ve set the bar high, offering data storage in Australia with industry leading certifications, including being the first vendor to complete the Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) formal security assessment for Office 365.”

Scott says today’s announcement builds on Microsoft’s recent ISO 27018 announcement for Microsoft Azure, Office 365, CRM Online and Intune and has particular relevance to government agencies, education, healthcare and commercial enterprises.

“We are now the only cloud service provider to offer both IRAP and ISO 27018 certification. This comprehensive approach to global and local certifications ensures we are delivering a cloud you can trust – verified by third parties.”

Scott says Microsoft NZ will begin the process of automatically moving existing Office 365 customers in New Zealand to the Australian datacentres by September 2015.

“We’re undertaking robust planning to ensure this move is smooth and has minimal business impact. It will occur outside of regular working hours and customers will get advance notice. Existing CRM Online customers need to actively opt-in and can contact support to arrange for a similar transition,” he says.

“With the arrival of this new era and these enhanced services, we are looking forward to helping New Zealand businesses reinvent productivity and drive new levels of innovation.”

To find out more about the migration process and the changes to New Zealand’s Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online services, visit the links below:

For local news and information from Microsoft New Zealand, visit the News Centre at http://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/news/

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For more information, contact:

Brendan Boughen
Communications Manager, Microsoft NZ
Mobile: +64 27 839 6044
Email: brendan.boughen@microsoft.com

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About Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online

Office 365 brings collaboration, insight and compliance to customers with over 150 features and updates in the last 12 months. Microsoft Dynamics CRM works seamlessly with Office and Power BI across mobile devices to help increase sales and service delivery productivity, deliver smarter marketing, and boost customer loyalty. Dynamics provides the core business apps for the Microsoft cloud, spanning sales, marketing, customer care, commerce, financial management and operations for organisations of all sizes. With Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft is delivering the industry’s most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography. Microsoft delivers over 200 services to over 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses are served by Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure in more than 90 markets globally.

Additional information for editors

By the numbers – Office 365

  • Office 365 is one of the fastest growing businesses in Microsoft history.
  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 128% and we are now on a $4.9B run rate.
  • 75% of Fortune 500 companies have purchased Office 365 in the last year

By the numbers – Dynamics CRM Online

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM has marked 41 consecutive quarters of double digit growth.
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online is growing 80 percent (Q1 Fiscal 2015) with 2 out of 3 new customers opt for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online cloud solution
  • The CRM business has 4.25 million users and now has more than 40,000 customers.