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How Vendor Data Location Policies Influence Cloud Office Decisions

Published: 25 April 2016

ID: G00299164

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Mann


Microsoft and Google have very different policies about data center location for their cloud office products. The compliance, privacy and technical implications of those data sovereignty policies for Office 365 and Google Apps for Work should shape IT leaders' cloud office decisions.

Table Of Contents


  • Cloud Data Location an Important Issue for IT Leaders
  • Microsoft Office 365: Several Data Location Options, Limited Flexibility
  • Google Apps for Work: Security Assurances, No Location Guarantees
  • Alternative Providers

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