Microsoft Canada has announced that it is opening two new data centres in Quebec City and Toronto to trial access "local cloud" to select long-time Canadian clients, which include PCL Construction, Gibson Energy Inc. and Panasonic Canada. The broad roll-out won’t begin until the second quarter of 2016. In the past year, Microsoft has launched six new data centres as part of a $15-billion (U.S.) investment in cloud services. The company now has 22 “cloud regions” that support 90 countries. Until now, many Canadian government agencies had mandated that no cloud data provider could shuttle Canadian data outside the country.
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