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.