Use Case #3 for Multiple Tenants of Office 365: Data Sovereignty LawsDecember 6, 2018
This is the third in our series, "The Use Cases for Multiple Tenants of Office 365”, discussing why you might need to run more than one tenant of Office 365 in your organization. In this scenario, an organization with offices in different regions might need to run different instances of Office 365 to comply with laws about data sovereignty.
The scenario: Comply with data rules in your country
In some countries, it’s illegal to host and share data on its citizens outside the borders of your country or region. Many countries require that your datacenters physically reside in the country. This is true in places like Europe, China, and Australia, although the specifics vary from country to country.
A bank in Switzerland, for example, can’t share customer information outside their borders. But what if that bank also has a branch in the U.S.? They wouldn’t want their American employees to be able to access Swiss data. To keep everyone in their own lanes, they’d need to run different tenants of Office 365.
How it works: Location, location, location
There’s even an interactive map that lets you see exactly where the datacenters are in each region. And they let you move your data to new datacenters later as they open. All of this is great—if your offices are in the same country or region. But what if you also have offices in another region?
The challenge: Unifying tenants of Office 365 across global borders
If you’re a global organization with offices in different regions, you might have to comply with many data sovereignty rules at once. That’s where the challenge comes in. A single tenant of Office 365 is tied to the region that you chose when you set it up. As of now, you can’t choose to store your data in different places.
To solve this issue, many organizations choose to run multiple tenants of Office 365. Going back to our example earlier, the bank in Switzerland would need to run one tenant of Office 365. And then their branch in the U.S. would need to run another.
But this causes its own set of issues. As we wrote about earlier, there are some unique challenges that come with trying to integrate tenants of Office 365 in the same organization.
Even though they’re on two tenants, these banks need to work as a single organization, under the same brand. They want to share a name and an email domain. They want their employees on both sides of the pond to be able to easily email each other, look each other up in a shared directory, and share calendars.
But you can’t easily do any of this across tenants of Office 365. At least, not out of the box. To unify your users and brand, you’ll need a solution that’s outside the box.
That’s where we come in.
The solution: Power365®
Our Power365 is the first tool that gracefully bridges two or more tenants of Office 365. It solves all of these challenges—and more. You can use it to share an email domain, directories, and free/busy calendar information. All while keeping users in different countries on separate tenants for as long as you need.