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Introducing Multi-Geo in Office 365

Multi-Geo is now Generally Available!
Check out the new blog at https://aka.ms/GetMultiGeo updated with a new feature video, pricing, licensing and road map info and let us know if you have any questions!

 

Multinational companies that have offices around the world often have needs to store their employee data at-rest in specific regions to meet their data residency requirements. Today, at Microsoft Ignite, we're announcing Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365, a new feature that helps multinational customers address their regional, industry specific or organizational data residency requirements in Office 365.

 

Multi-Geo enables a single Office 365 tenant to span across multiple Office 365 datacenter geographies (geos), and gives customers the ability to store their Exchange and OneDrive data, at-rest, on a per-user basis, in their chosen geos.

 

multi-geo-blog-image.pngAvailable geos in Multi-Geo

For example, Contoso Inc., a multinational corporation with its headquarters in the United States and branches in the European Union and Australia can move from managing many regional on-premises Exchange and SharePoint servers to a single Multi-Geo enabled Office 365 tenant for their entire company. They can set up the Home geo in the United States, and Satellite geos in the European Union and Australia, and choose to store each employee’s data at-rest in one of the chosen geos and meet their global data residency needs.

 

Moving from multiple on-premises servers into a single Multi-Geo enabled Office 365 tenant brings globally dispersed employees together and enables a modern collaboration experience across the company. Organizational content is no longer subject to the discovery and collaboration barriers that are created by on-premises silos. For example, searching in SharePoint presents aggregated search results regardless of in which geo the content is located. Another example is with Delve surfacing relevant documents, presentations and other content for all users regardless of in which geo location the content resides. And as always, users can view and access the content only if they have the right level of permissions to do so.


Onboarding onto Multi-Geo is a straightforward process using familiar tools such as Azure Active Directory Connect and PowerShell. Customers can use these tools to enable Multi-Geo in their tenant and assign geos to their users. Multi-Geo also does not impact the end user experience; users can continue to access their email and OneDrive files while their data is being moved between geos.


We’re currently previewing Multi-Geo Capabilities in Exchange Online and OneDrive. We plan to make Multi-Geo generally available for Exchange Online and OneDrive in the first half of calendar year 2018. We’re planning a SharePoint preview in 2018, as well.


To learn about the Multi-Geo preview and request your nomination, please contact your Microsoft account team.

 

Resources:

Multi-Geo sessions at Ignite: https://aka.ms/MultiGeoIgnite (See the Ignite videos here!)

Multi-Geo in OneDrive: https://aka.ms/OneDriveMultiGeo

Multi-Geo in SharePoint Online: https://aka.ms/SharePointMultiGeo

27 Comments
Frequent Contributor

What would be interesting is being able to push out to in country data centre providers where there are no azure dcs and a requirement for on country data storage. 

 

Yet maybe some azure stacks in the providers dcs

 

 

Occasional Visitor

As OneDrive essentially is a SharePoint site collection, does this imply the SharePoint site collections are created (by an admin) at a certain multigeo url, and hence everything in that site collection is stored in that geo location? In other words, is the granularity of SharePoint elements to be multigeo actually the site collection level? It is a bit confusing as some materials mention 'sites' instead of 'site collections', but that's quite a difference!

 

Thanks!

Edward

Senior Member

I understand that this is a paid service. Can this be confirmed by someone at Microsoft?

Please make sure to include at least some indicative prices in such announcements, cost is definitely one of the major factors to consider...

Occasional Visitor

Yes this is an additional paid service.  Additional information can gleened here - https://www.petri.com/office-365-multi-geo

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@Edward Bogaard Correct, in the context of SharePoint and OneDrive, site = site collection in this conversation.  Once a users preferred data location (PDL) is set by the administrator, that users destination for OneDrive for Business follows the PDL as OneDrive is a user resource, for shared resources such as SharePoint, the site (site collection) is created in the selected geo as specified by the administrator and is accessible to users of all geos if so allowed by the administrator of the site.

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@Alon Goldberg - We are working through the pricing/licensing details and will have an update on it soon.

Occasional Contributor

How do I move the sites from the primary geo to the satelite? are there any PS commands? Also, is there a cost impact of enabling multi-geo?

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@Deepak Badki - There will be a PS cmdlet to move sites between the primary geo and satellite geos. We're working through the cost/licensing requirements for Multi-Geo and will have an update shortly.

Occasional Visitor

Is O365 CDN will have multiple geo capability with the availability of SP multi-geo

how we can check where our mailboxes hosted now or which location?

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@vivek bharatia - The Office 365 edge (service front doors) are already distributed and users will automatically connect to nearest entry point into the Microsoft network. Please see details at https://aka.ms/Office365Networking

 

 

 

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@Sankarasubramanian Parameswaran - you can use the Get-Mailbox cmdlet to figure out the name of the Mailbox Region. The cmdlet is: get-mailbox demouser | FT Name, Database, MailboxRegion

Occasional Visitor

We have a very Global Company and having this capability would be a huge deal for us.  How do we enroll in a preview program?

 

Thanks,

Jason

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@Jason Levandoski - Thanks for your interest. Please connect with your Microsoft account team rep to nominate your customer into the Multi-Geo preview.

Frequent Contributor

I am currently working on a design document for Multi Geo and am trying to find a list of acronyms for all enabled geos...

Who can help me out here? So far I found:

CAN=Canada

EUR=European Union

GBR=Great Britain

AUS=Australia

 

A pointer to a page where this is documentend would be helpful..

 

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@mike.platvoet For a multi-national enabled Tenant you can use the Get-MsolCompanyAllowedDataLocation cmdlet which gets all the current allowed data locations of a company from Azure Active Directory. 

 

Ex.

 

Regional codes for allowed data location (ADL)
Regional mapping
APC = Asia Pacific, India
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
EUR = Europe, Middle East, Africa
JPN = Japan
NAM = North America

Regular Visitor

As an admin is there any way to audit the location of files? i.e. look up where a specific file to see which geo it is located in?

New Contributor

What about Delve, what If customer wants to show the only the document related to their Geo and not from everywhere?

How SMTP email routing is going to work, will it be routed based on the geo as well?

How about services such as MS Teams and S4B, will they be geo specific too? 

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@Nancy Huynh - Reporting will be available to show where each user's data is stored at rest. For OneDrive, the file location can also be determined from the URL as each geo will have a unique URL namespace. 

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@Adnan Rafique - Document sharing is based on link sharing. i.e. if the document is only shared with specific users in a geo, then it won't appear for users across other geos.

 

Outgoing mail routing is from the geo of the user, incoming mail gets EOP scanned in the Central geo (home) of the tenant

Microsoft is investigating Multi-Geo in other services; as of now Exchange Online and OneDrive are being worked on.

Occasional Visitor

Can an acquired company whose data is in the AUS Geo be federated/merged with the much larger acquiring company's tenant that is hosted in Ireland?

Occasional Visitor

Multi-Geo is great news but this is 7 months later.  Do we have a go live date yet?  When will this offered to customers and when will it be offered to CSP? -Thanks!

Microsoft

Hi @Bryan Letcher - thanks for reaching out. Multi-Geo is now GA! Please see https://aka.ms/GetMultiGeo for updates. 

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Hi @Sam Paakki - Multi-Geo is not a tenant-to-tenant migration solution. It allows customers to add Satellite Geos to an existing Office 365 tenant and then store user data for Exchange and OneDrive in desired Satellite Geos.

It is also good for multi-national and large organization where they have a need to store their data locally in their region.

Is it possible to configure a Multi-Geo tenant such that documents classified using AIP are restricted for access only from user accounts associated with the Geo in which the document is stored?  For example, if a document is assigned to the Korea Geo, then only users within the Korea Geo can access that file? 

 

Can that limitation be enabled for documents with a certain classification, and then other documents with different classifications CAN be accessed from other Geos?

 

Thanks!