What are the enterprise benefits of Microsoft’s Canadian cloud?

Microsoft Corp.’s opening of two data centres in Canada are expected to fuel an uptick in adoption of its cloud services, such as Office 365 and Azure, in part because it addresses the erstwhile concern many enterprises have: data residency.

But there are other benefits for its customers, as well as its partners, and reflects broader trends in the data centre landscape.

DMTI Spatial provides high-precision location intelligence to sectors such as insurance, mortgage, the government and others. Vice president and general manager Paul Franc said the company is moving to a pure cloud model for delivering its applications and has chosen Microsoft’s cloud as the platform on which to develop. The company has been “pleasantly surprised” by how accommodating Microsoft has been its support of research and development, he said, as well as building best practices as it grows in Canada.

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