At Microsoft Inspire 2022 conference, the company has announced the launch of the Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, which is a new solution for public sector customers who need the ability to guarantee that data of their users is processed and stored in a given region.
With the use of Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, public sector customers will have greater control over their data and increased transparency during the operational and governance processes of the cloud. Users will be able to run workloads in any of Azure’s 60+ data center regions and access all the standard Microsoft Cloud services such as Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and the Azure platform.
Microsoft will also offer a Sovereign Landing Zone to recommend and enforce compliance options by employing the same infrastructure-as-code and policy-as-code features as its Azure Landing Zone. This will make it easier for its public sector customers to get up and running and give them the flexibility to tailor these policies to their needs.
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The other major cloud providers also offer systems to ensure data sovereignty regulations compliance. Google recently announced its Sovereign Controls for its workspace product. AWS offers all the primitives to build these features but also bets on its network of third-party consultants and vendors to enable these capabilities for its customers.
However, very few cloud providers have put the same emphasis on data governance as Azure, which may pay off in its quest to bring more lucrative public sector customers on board.