Office 365 Multi-Geo
With Office 365 Multi-Geo, your organization can expand its Office 365 presence to multiple geographic regions and/or countries within your existing tenant. Reach out to your Microsoft Account Team to sign up your Multi-National Company for Office 365 Multi-Geo.
With Office 365 Multi-Geo, you can provision and store data at rest in the geo locations that you've chosen to meet data residency requirements, and at the same time unlock your global roll out of modern productivity experiences to your workforce.
Video: Introducing Office 365 Multi-Geo
In a Multi-Geo environment, your Office 365 tenant consists of a central location (where your Office 365 subscription was originally provisioned) and one or more satellite locations. In a multi-geo tenant, the information about geo locations, groups, and user information, is mastered in Azure Active Directory (AAD). Because your tenant information is mastered centrally and synchronized into each geo location, sharing and experiences involving anyone from your company contain global awareness.
Note that Office 365 Multi-Geo is not primarily designed for performance optimization, it is designed to meet data residency requirements. For information about performance optimization for Office 365, see Network planning and performance tuning for Office 365 or contact your support group.
Here are the key terms used in describing Office 365 Multi-Geo:
- Central location - the geo location where your tenant was originally provisioned.
- Geo administrator - An administrator who can administer one or more specified satellite locations.
- Geo code - a three-letter code for a given geo location.
- Geo location – A geographic location that can be used in a multi-geo tenant to host data, including Exchange mailboxes and OneDrive and SharePoint sites.
- Preferred Data Location (PDL) – A user property set by the administrator that indicates where the geo location where the users Exchange mailbox and OneDrive should be provisioned. The PDL also determines where SharePoint sites that are created by the user are provisioned.
- Satellite location – The geo locations where the geo-aware Office 365 workloads (SharePoint, OneDrive, and Exchange) are enabled in a multi-geo tenant.
- Tenant – An organization's representation in Office 365 which typically has one or more domains associated with it (for example, contoso.com).
Office 365 Multi-Geo availability
Office 365 Multi-Geo is currently offered in these regions and countries:
|Geo location||Code||eDiscovery data location|
|Asia-Pacific||APC||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Australia||AUS||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Europe / Middle East / Africa||EUR||Europe datacenters|
|India||IND||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Japan||JPN||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|Korea||KOR||Southeast or East Asia datacenters|
|North America||NAM||US datacenters|
|South Africa||ZAF||(Coming soon)|
|United Arab Emirates||ARE||(Coming soon)|
|United Kingdom||GBR||Europe datacenters|
Follow these steps to get started with multi-geo:
Work with your account team to add the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 service plan. They will guide you to add the number of licenses needed. Multi-Geo feature is available to customers with a minimum of 500 Office 365 subscriptions.
Before you can start using Office 365 Multi-Geo, Microsoft needs to configure your Exchange Online tenant for multi-geo support. This one-time configuration process is triggered after you order the Multi-Geo Capabilities in Office 365 service plan and the licenses show up in your tenant. You'll receive notifications in the Office 365 message center once your Multi-Geo licenses are applied and you then may begin configuring and using your Office 365 Multi-Geo capabilities.
When you are ready to set up Office 365 Multi-Geo, configure your tenant for multi-geo.