Microsoft announces AvePoint as first Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) for New Zealand datacenter region

 |   Microsoft NZ Newscentre

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A new agreement between AvePoint and Microsoft offers data residency and simplifies Copilot adoption for channel partners and NZ businesses.  

Microsoft is thrilled to announce AvePoint (Nasdaq: AVPT), as the first global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to commit to its New Zealand datacenter region; making it easy for channel partners to offer data residency for AvePoint data as well as readiness solutions for Microsoft Copilot.  

Through its arrangement with Microsoft, AvePoint is now able to offer its AvePoint Cloud Backup Express for Microsoft 365 solution to partners utilising Microsoft’s New Zealand datacenter region. AvePoint’s solutions within the Microsoft NZ datacenter region will offer customers more options to meet their local data residency needs. 

According to new research from Microsoft and IDC*, 95 per cent of businesses across ANZ are either using AI tools already or are planning to adopt them within the next 12 months. For channel partners, AvePoint’s Copilot readiness solutions uniquely automate content readiness end-to-end in Microsoft 365 for complete, secure, accurate and relevant recommendations by creating “guardrails” within the organisation.  This helps simplify the process of adopting Copilot for Microsoft 365 by speeding up and automating the delivery process of channel partners and customers alike. 

Max McNamara, AvePoint ANZ’s Vice President & Managing Director, is excited to be able to support data residency and Copilot adoption in New Zealand, stating: 

“It’s important that local businesses have the right guardrails around their data and that they protect their data in a datacenter region that aligns with local compliance requirements. Microsoft’s New Zealand datacenter region will give our channel partners offering AvePoint Cloud Backup Express to local customers across Aotearoa the confidence to explore Copilot’s AI features in a way that will generate the best ROI for their business, knowing their data will never leave New Zealand. This customer confidence from data residency will mean channel partners can get their customers Copilot-ready, faster, and Kiwi businesses can avoid the risk of future regulatory penalties.”    

Vanessa Sorenson, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand, is also looking forward to the new opportunities this agreement will unlock for New Zealand businesses.  

“Our research shows nearly two-thirds of organisations in Aotearoa take more than six months to manage AI implementations. By speeding up that process through solutions like AvePoint’s, we can get everyone realising the benefits of Copilot, boosting innovation and productivity so much faster, and with top-notch security. We’re hearing that Aotearoa is more than ready for Copilot. With AvePoint, our partners can now get everyone Copilot-ready too.”