Microsoft Addresses Governments' Concerns Over Cloud OS Network
The company explains how its global hybrid cloud platform also respects national borders as it courts government customers.Microsoft is assuring the world's governments that in a world rocked by a National Security Agency surveillance controversy, its new Cloud OS Network can keep their data not only safe, but also out of the hands of foreign concerns. In December, Microsoft unveiled its global Cloud OS Network, a partnership between the company and cloud providers situated in several countries. During its debut, Microsoft described the Cloud OS Network as "a worldwide consortium of more than 25 cloud service providers delivering services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform: Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack." Cloud OS Network will span 90 markets, run out of 425 data centers and is expected to serve more than 3 million customers. More than 2.4 million servers will power the Cloud OS Network. Before trusting a cloud computing platform that operates on such a scale, government customers are understandably concerned about the security of their data and the chances of it being accessed by unauthorized persons beyond its borders, suggested Dan Mannion, director of Public Sector Cloud Strategy for Microsoft. "In my travels since the announcement, I've heard a lot of questions from leaders about the Cloud OS Network and why it should matter to them," he wrote in a Feb. 5 company blog post.
Specifically, Mannion faced questions about how Cloud OS Network would handle security. He explained that six of the inaugural Cloud OS Network partners are setting up national clouds, noting that "government specialists from more countries will be signing up."