About the Microsoft Cloud Australia datacenter

Applies to Dynamics 365 (online), version 9.x
Applies to Dynamics 365 (online), version 8.x

You may request migration to the Australia datacenter upon datacenter availability (Q1 CY2015).

If you’re an existing Dynamics 365 (online) customer with a billing address mapping to a new data center region, review the information in this topic to understand the move process.

Australia GEO expansion announcement

What is Microsoft announcing?

Dynamics 365 (online) will become a service within the Australia datacenters with availability in Q1 CY2015.

Dynamics 365 (online) is currently available in 130 markets and 44 languages enabling us to sell side-by-side with Office 365 in the majority of the markets worldwide. With the inclusion of datacenters in Japan (recently announced) and Australia, both targeting Q1 CY2015, our global customers will be served by 17 datacenters covering 6 global regions around the world.

This marks an important step for customers and partners on our cloud journey to serve our customers in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania (Australia GEO). By bringing Dynamics 365 (online) to the local region, we’ll be able to serve our customers more effectively and with better performance while also ensuring compliance with local requirements.

What prompted Microsoft to undertake this geographic expansion of Dynamics 365 (online)?

In order to better serve customer needs for data residency and reduced latency, we continually evaluate where we should expand availability around the world. We are committed to long-term investment in Dynamics 365 (online) and expansion over time.

This global expansion will enable us to deliver on the promise of increasing sales productivity while allowing our customers to sell effectively, market smarter, and provide care everywhere to offer amazing experiences to their customers.

What are the future geographic expansion plans for Dynamics 365 (online)?

Geographic expansion of Dynamics 365 (online) is a high priority and we’re constantly evaluating market needs. While we have no additional information or specifics on future plans to announce at this time, we will update if and when we have something to share.

Datacenter overview

Where are the datacenters located in the Australia Geo?

The Dynamics 365 (online) Australia Geo will consist of datacenters in the Australia East Region (New South Wales) and the Australia Southeast Region (Victoria).

What does this announcement mean for customers in the Australia Geo?

Microsoft is committed to meeting the growing demand for reliable and connected devices and services for our customers around the globe. We have heard loud and clear that our customers in the Australia Geo need locally delivered services. The growth of Dynamics 365 (online) in the Australia Geo means we can better serve the needs of these customers in three ways:

  • Most customer data will be kept within Australia, except for Azure Active Directory data*, helping customers meet data residency requirements.

  • Customers who deploy applications to the new Australia datacenters enjoy improved performance within the Australia Geo as network latency is reduced.

  • Our expansion in the Australia Geo also provides customers with the same level of high availability and redundancy as with our datacenters in other countries/regions. Customers in Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania will enjoy the benefit of a financially backed 99.9% service level agreement (SLA) and redundancy both inside of the primary datacenter where they are deployed as well as to the secondary datacenter in the Australia geography to help ensure ongoing uptime and protect against a major disaster in a single region.

*The Australia Geo will be considered a separate Geo subject to the same data location commitments we make for other Geos. For the definition of customer data and details on our data flow maps in Geo, see the Dynamics Trust Center.

What region will be used for replication of data for the Australia Geo?

Dynamics 365 (online) services deployed in the Australia East Region will replicate data to the Australia Southeast Region and vice-versa.

For the Australia East and Southeast Region datacenters, access to provisioning resources in these datacenters is limited, as described here:

  • For Web Direct, access to the datacenters is based on the country/region set in your Dynamics 365 (online) account.

    • If the account country/region is Australia, New Zealand or Fiji, Dynamics 365 (online) resources will be provisioned in the Australia East and Southeast Region datacenters.

    • If the account country/region is not Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji, the customer will not be able to provision Dynamics 365 (online) services in the Australia East and Southeast Region datacenters. To do so a customer needs to try or purchase Dynamics 365 (online) for an organization located in Australia, New Zealand or Fiji. The customer can create another Web direct account for organizations located in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, with a billing address in any these regions, if they wish to select and deploy Dynamics 365 (online) services in the Australia East and Southeast Region datacenters.

  • For Volume Licensing (VL) customers, access to the datacenters is based on the country/region in which the volume license agreement was signed.

    • If the VL agreement was signed in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji, the customer will be able to use Dynamics 365 (online) services in the Australia East and Southeast region datacenters. Accounts added to the VL agreement will be enabled to use Dynamics 365 (online) in the Australia East and Southeast Region datacenters.

    • VL customers can also create a secondary deployment in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji under an existing VL agreement by either signing an enrollment in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji or by applying for a multitenant amendment through the local Licensing Specialist.

  • Web direct and VL customers in Australia will still have the ability to deploy instances in datacenters outside of Australia – however, you must have a tenant already provisioned in Australia. Under this multitenant/multi-geo scenario, AU GST will still be applied to instances deployed in other regions.

How do I find what country or region my account is under?

  1. Sign in to https://portal.office.com.

  2. In the upper-right corner of Office 365 Admin Center, choose your organization.

    Choose your organization

  3. On the Company profile page, your account country/region is listed under Country or region.

Dynamics 365 (online) service overview

Will multi-geo instances be available to customers in Australia?

  • Multi-geo instances will be supported for Australian customers as long as the tenant is first provisioned in Australia. For customers who aren’t located in Australia but want to provision an instance of Dynamics 365 (online) within the Australia datacenter, they must first purchase a tenant for an organization located in Australia and then the tenant will be able to get provisioned in Australia.

  • Availability of multi-geo instance support will be limited in the initial rollout to a fixed number of eligible customers upon request, and we will continue to expand over time.

Will the standard Dynamics 365 Online SLA be offered at general availability launch?

Yes, on the date of general availability, the standard 99.9 % financially backed service level agreement (SLA) for Dynamics 365 (online) will apply, just as it does in our other regions around the world. Note: the SLA for Dynamics 365 (online) doesn’t cover Microsoft Social Engagement.

What rules govern New Zealand or Oceania customers who want to license affiliates located in Australia?

A New Zealand and Oceania customer may not place orders under its existing agreement for any affiliate located in Australia, nor grant any affiliate located in Australia administrative rights to manage subscriptions, if the customer elects to access and use services delivered from datacenters located in Australia. An affiliate located in Australia that wants to access and use Online Services delivered from our datacenters located in Australia must enter into its own subscription under its separate Microsoft Online Services Agreement.

Will Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, Social Engagement, and Parature be available in the Australia datacenters?

These services will be available for purchase in the local market but will be delivered outside of the Australia Datacenters at this time. Note: Dynamics 365 (online) leverages Azure Active Directory and Multi-Factor Authentication, which don’t offer a region choice to customers.

Will Dynamics 365 be available on Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in Australia?

At this time, Dynamics 365 (online) is only available for Dev/Test scenarios and isn’t supported for production use cases. Developers can leverage their MSDN subscription and Azure credits for dev/test scenarios. Note: we recently announced intent to support Dynamics 365 (online) on Azure IaaS but we’re dependent on Azure Premium Storage availability in each geography. Azure’s Limited Public Preview will only be available in the U.S. and part of Europe.

Where can I find more about Dynamics 365 (online) security, data privacy, and compliance?

The Microsoft Dynamics 365 Trust Center will be updated as needed when the Australia Datacenters launch into general availability.

What data for Dynamics 365 (online) will be in Australia datacenters at general availability?

For Dynamics 365 (online), we’ll store all customer data, including backups, within the Australia Datacenter. For any Office 365 services that are running in conjunction with Dynamics 365 (online) those services will follow the data storage rules for Office 365.

Will Dynamics 365 (online) be Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) certified when the datacenters are live in Australia?

We’re actively investigating IRAP requirements and how they relate specifically to Dynamics 365 (online) and we’ll share more information at a later date.

Where can I find out more about the physical infrastructure for Dynamics 365 (online)?

Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations (MCIO) powers the Microsoft cloud services. MCIO focuses on smart growth, high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide.

MCIO delivers the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft's 200+ online businesses including Bing, Outlook.com, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, and Dynamics 365 (online). The infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of datacenters, servers, content distribution networks, edge computing nodes, and fiber optic networks.

Migration

I have applications and data in an existing Microsoft Dynamics 365 (online) datacenter. Will I be able to move those resources to the Australia datacenters?

For Web direct customers, if the account country/region is Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji, the customer will be eligible to have his instances moved to the Australia East and Southeast region datacenters.

  • The account country/region can be found in the Office 365 Admin Center.

    1. Sign in to https://portal.office.com.

    2. In the upper-right corner of Office 365 Admin Center, choose your organization.

    Choose your organization

    1. On the Company profile page, your account country/region is listed under Country or region.
  • If the account country/region is outside Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji, you’ll need to create another Web direct account with a billing address in Australia, New Zealand, or Oceania. Once the new account and tenant are created, you can then request the move of their Dynamics 365 (online) instance and data from other regions into the Australia region by contacting Dynamics 365 (online) Support. For more information, see How do I request my instance to be moved to the Australia datacenter? Microsoft reserves the right to make a unilateral decision to migrate accounts based on multiple conditions.

    If you’re a volume license customer and the volume license agreement was signed in Australia, New Zealand, or Oceania, you’ll be eligible to move applications and data to the Australia East and Southeast region datacenters and deploy services there.

  • Accounts added to the volume license agreement are eligible to move applications and data to the Australia East and Southeast region datacenters and deploy services there.

  • To provision a tenant in the Australia datacenter, if you have a volume license enrollment outside the Australia datacenter you will need to sign an enrollment in Australia, New Zealand, or Oceania and then migrate existing instances to the Australia datacenter.

  • To move your tenants, instances, and data to the Australia regions, you should contact Dynamics 365 (online) Support for additional information regarding migrating your instances. For more information, see How do I request my instance to be moved to the Australia datacenter? Microsoft reserves the right to make a unilateral decision to migrate accounts based on multiple conditions.

    For additional guidance regarding multiple tenants and multiple instances, see Multiple online instances or tenants. This link will be updated with the Dynamics 365 (online) 2015 launch.

How do I request my instance to be moved to the Australia datacenter?

You can request a move to the new Australian datacenter by submitting a technical support incident through the Office 365 Admin Center.

  1. Sign in to https://portal.office.com.

  2. Go to Support > Service Requests > +

  3. Choose More > Dynamics 365 Online

  4. For Feature, select Data Management. For Symptom, select Data Center migration request.

  5. Fill in the rest of the information to submit a service request.

    A Dynamics 365 (online) support engineer will assist you in verifying required prerequisites and provide guidance throughout the move process.

How will Microsoft engage with me on the migration?

Once you have been scheduled for migration, a member of the Microsoft Support team will work directly with you to discuss scheduling and any other issues that may come up during the migration.

If I am scheduled for an update to CRM Online 2015 Update or CRM Online 2015 Update 1, will Microsoft apply the update at the same time as their migration to the Australia datacenter?

You must be updated to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2015 Update or later prior to migrating to the Australia datacenter. Customers can schedule their update. For more information, see Manage Dynamics 365 (online) updates.

If I have both Office 365 services and Dynamics 365 (online), how will migration be handled?

The migration of each service will be handled separately. For Dynamics 365 (online), you’ll be able to choose their migration date and time. Microsoft will work with you to schedule the migration. For Office 365 scheduling and migration, see New datacenter regions for Office 365.

Can I move Office 365 and Dynamics 365 (online) at the same time?

The move process for each service is handled separately but the Dynamics 365 (online) move can be scheduled to coincide with the Office 365 Admin Center move if requested.

Pricing and licensing

Will all versions of Dynamics 365 Online be available?

Customers will be able to purchase all licenses that are currently available in market today. Please see local availability at Microsoft Dynamics CRM Solutions. Global pricing can be found at Microsoft Dynamics Pricing List

How will a customer who has an existing volume license (VL) agreement outside of Australia be billed if they add a new tenant to their agreement that resides in Australia?

The additional seats will be invoiced at the same rate on the customer’s invoice. The business desk will need to provide a multi-tenant amendment to provide an additional tenant in Australia.

Will customers who purchase Dynamics CRM Online and an additional service such as Parature, Dynamics Marketing, or Microsoft Social Engagement be taxed differently per service?

Microsoft has a datacenter footprint that varies according to each online service offered. Dynamics 365 (online) will be provisioned and available from datacenters located within Australia, which makes those services subject to some taxes that do not necessarily apply to tenants located and provisioned outside Australia. Microsoft Social Engagement has their own datacenter footprint; they’re offered from to customers in Australia from datacenters outside of Australia. Therefore, these online services are subject to a different tax treatment.

Tax and billing

Will there be any changes on my bill?

New Zealand and Fiji customers will see no changes on their invoices.

For Australia customers, from the general availability date when Dynamics 365 (online) services become available from Microsoft Australia datacenters, Microsoft will charge all Australian customers an additional amount equal to the Australian GST for Dynamics 365 (online) services and will issue tax invoices. This change will occur because Australian GST is payable on taxable supplies of goods and services provided and offered in Australia.

My tenant has not moved to Australia datacenter, why am I being charged Australia Goods and Service Tax (GST)?

There are various factors that must be considered to determine whether GST is payable on the supply. Australian GST is payable on taxable supplies of goods and services provided and offered in Australia.

Trials

If I started a trial outside of Australia and before general availability, will I be moved to the Australia datacenter after general availability?

No. Trials will remain in the geography where they were initiated. You may choose to start a new trial that would be provisioned in the Australia datacenter.

If I choose to convert a trial to a paid subscription, where the trial was created in a geographic region outside of Australia prior to general availability, will my subscription tenant and instance be moved to the Australia datacenter?

No. If you choose to convert a trial that was created in a geographic region outside of Australia before general availability, your trial will be converted and billed in the geography where it was initiated. Australia GST does not apply.

If the trial was originally deployed in Australia and converted to a paid subscription, you’ll charged Australia GST.

If you decide you want your instance to be in the Australia datacenter, you’ll need to follow the migration steps outlined previously. Once you’re moved to Australia, the appropriate billing and tax will be applied.

If a customer creates a trial in the Australia datacenter after general availability, will they be taxed for the trial?

No. Trials are free for 30 days.

Can I create a trial in the Australia datacenter before general availability?

No. You can’t create a trial or move a production instance before general availability.

See also

Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online now available from datacenters in Australia
New datacenter regions for Dynamics 365 (online)