A growing rise in regulatory requirements places more onus on organizations to control the geographic location of where data is stored so that it can be kept within specific regional boundaries.

If you do not have a solution for this, you may feel less confident in expanding your business into new markets, distributing your workforce, or even moving to the cloud. The traditional way to tackle data residency has been to manage people and resources who reside in different countries or regions within the organization as separate entities, even though you are all part of the same organization.

To solve for this, maybe you have opted for a distributed data center model on-premises aligned to geographic locations, or perhaps you find yourself maintaining an often complex mesh of multiple Office 365 tenants in a limited number of geographies to address data residency needs.

While this can potentially keep your data in the appropriate location, we know that these approaches can be expensive and worse of all, create data silos, which limit collaboration on your organization's most important currency, information. Data fluidity, or lack of it, constrains your organization’s overall productivity and innovation.

The good news is that there is now a better and more efficient way to solve for this challenge with Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365. It allows you to operate within a single global Office 365 tenant yet provide you with the controls necessary to define where content is stored at rest around the world by Office 365 workloads which support Multi-Geo.

With a Multi-Geo enabled tenant in Office 365 you are no longer bound to a single geography for data-at-rest storage. Your content may now be spread across numerous locations such as those depicted in the map below.

Map of Geos Enabled in a Multi-Geo enabled tenant.

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Granular data storage controls

Support your global data residency needs by storing each user’s Office 365 data in desired Office 365 data center geographies. Microsoft commits to provide in-Geo data residency, business continuity and disaster recovery for your core customer data.
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Collaboration across your global organization

Migrate from on-premises data silos into a single Office 365 tenant and enable a unified communication and collaboration experience across your global organization. Your users are now connected to the people and content that matter most, regardless of where they work.
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Simplified IT management

Use powerful Office 365 admin tools to easily move user data between Geos to suit your business needs. Get reports on where each user’s data is stored. Tailor sharing, security, and compliance policies separately for each Geo—all from a familiar admin experience.
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Office 365 Multi-Geo Datasheet

Learn how to support your global data residency needs by storing each user’s data in desired Office 365 datacenter geographies with Office 365 Multi-Geo Capabilities, Uhow to use powerful Office 365 admin tools to easily move user data between Geos to suit your business needs, and get reports on where each user’s data is stored.

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Multi-Geo Capabilities Office 365

A growing rise in regulatory requirements places more onus on organizations to control the geographic location of where data is stored so that it can be kept within specific regional boundaries. Learn how to unify your organization while controlling where your Office 365 data resides at rest for your mailbox, OneDrive content, and more.

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Data Residency in Microsoft 365

Some governments have started limiting where data can be stored. They may require data residency, which stipulates that data belonging to their citizens, or digital copies of that data, be stored in defined physical boundaries, for example, within a specific country or region. Learn how Microsoft can help.

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