Cloud computing: Microsoft sets out new data storage options for European customers

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Microsoft president Brad Smith has announced a new pledge for EU commercial customers, allowing them to store and process most of their data within the EU by the end of 2022. With the transatlantic Privacy Shield data transfer framwork in tatters, Microsoft is trying a new approach with a promise that European government and commercial customers can keep all their data in Microsoft's core cloud services in data centers located within the EU.  "If you are a commercial or public sector customer in the EU, we will go beyond our existing data storage commitments and enable you to process and store all your data in the EU," said Smith in a blogpost today. "In other words, we will not need to move your data outside the EU," he added. SEE: IT Data Center Green Energy Policy (TechRepublic Premium)Microsoft and other cloud providers...