TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - David MacDonald, CEO of Softchoice, a leading North American IT solutions and managed services provider, has welcomed Microsoft's plans to build two new data centers in Canada to deliver Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics Online to Canadian organizations. Microsoft made the announcement at an event in Toronto and expects to have the new facilities up and running in Toronto and Quebec City by 2016.
"This is good news for Canadian enterprises that have been reluctant to leverage Microsoft's cloud technologies due to concerns over data residency," said Mr. MacDonald. "I think this announcement underscores Microsoft's commitment to Canadian organizations and removes a key obstacle which will allow more clients to take advantage of the cloud, something Softchoice is particularly well positioned to support."
As the largest Microsoft partner in Canada and number one in terms of sales and deployments of Office 365 and Azure, Softchoice has developed unique offerings to help organizations drive business transformation through Microsoft cloud technologies. This includes a team of cloud, licensing and pre-sales consultants as well as proprietary services like the Workload Analyzer and Azure TechCheck, which provide fact-based insights around current infrastructure and applications to facilitate the migration process. In addition, Softchoice's Keystone Managed Services for Microsoft Cloud help clients unlock the full potential of offerings such as Office 365 by reducing the risk of outages, managing configurations and improving time to value through ongoing consultations.
"At a time when business agility and workplace transformation are such a priority, today's announcement couldn't be more welcome," added Mr. MacDonald. "We look forward to working with our Canadian clients as they harness the cloud to build more capable and more competitive businesses."
As a leading North American provider of IT solutions and managed services, Softchoice combines the efficiency and reliability of a national IT supplier with the personal touch and technical expertise of a local solutions provider. Softchoice's holistic approach to technology includes solution design, implementation, asset management and cloud services, as well as access to one of the most comprehensive and cost-effective technology distribution networks in North America. With over 1,300 employees, Softchoice manages the technology needs of thousands of corporate and public sector organizations across the United States and Canada.
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