Zurich, Switzerland (09.03.2019) – Microsoft has been rapidly expanding its cloud infrastructure to meet increasing customer demand in Europe and has announced the availability of new cloud services in France and the expansion of cloud services from new datacenters in Germany and Switzerland.

Microsoft plans to offer enterprise cloud services for businesses, government, and NGOs from datacenter locations in the regions of Geneva and Zurich. Microsoft can thereby provide data residency in Switzerland to support Swiss companies and institutions, including the financial services industry, in the next steps of their digital transformation. The Microsoft Cloud – comprising Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 – from Swiss datacenters, is expected to be initially available during 2019.

As a Microsoft Gold certified partner, Quartal Financial Solutions is committed to the continued expansion of its cloud services and the addition of the Swiss datacentres will further facilitate accelerated transformation of Quartal’s financial services client base from on-premise to the Microsoft Cloud. Thierry Zuppinger, CEO at Quartal Financial Solutions, commented “We view Microsoft Azure as a key service in enhancing our product offering with a special focus on delivering our innovative products as hosted services in the Cloud. Microsoft’s Azure platform helps Quartal in providing highly scalable, resilient services to its customers and delivers high value for our customers.”  

Microsoft’s global cloud services are based on the principles of security, compliance, protection of privacy, as well as transparency. The option to store data across cloud regions located in the regions of Geneva and Zurich adds a new layer of control and will help companies and institutions comply with regulatory requirements. The cloud services including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 delivered from Switzerland are therefore especially interesting for Swiss companies and organizations handling sensitive data, particularly the Financial Services sector. The new services offered from Switzerland will provide the same high standards regarding security, service and quality that apply to all of Microsoft’s cloud services.

Over a number of years, Microsoft has engaged deeply with financial institutions and their regulators in Switzerland. By investing to deliver a trusted cloud platform within Switzerland, Microsoft intends to provide financial institutions and other regulated industries with a greater ability to focus on their core competencies.