Microsoft Expands Online Services Globally

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-04-27 Print this article Print

Microsoft is making a major push in online services, expanding the availability of cloud-based versions of popular business applications such as Exchange, SharePoint and Live Meeting globally and increasing its data center capacity through a partnership with Hewlett-Packard's EDS services division.

More than 4,000 solution providers are registered to sell Microsoft Online applications, and until today these services were only available in 19 countries. The partnership with EDS will provide Microsoft with access to data centers in local markets, pushing Microsoft Online delivery to local customers and keeping data within local geographies.

"EDS will host some of the assets, especially where Microsoft doesn't have data centers," says Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft Online Services. "This will allow Microsoft to grow its data center footprint around the globe much faster."

The EDS partnership will make it much easier for Microsoft to deliver software services to customers and U.S. subsidiaries operating in countries that require business data remain in country.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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