Deploy local datacenter of Microsoft Azure in Russia

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Dear Satya, I hope my initiative finds you.

We have serious issues with Microsoft values of digital transformation in Russia. I represent Awara IT, a small but innovative Microsoft partner. For more than a decade I’m desperately evangelizing and providing Microsoft Dynamics solutions in my country.

We absolutely need local Microsoft Azure placed in Russia (and not some Azure Stack). Russia is a huge market here with over 150 mln people and billions of potential sales of Microsoft products and services, but it is limited by current legislation which is similar (but different) to what there is in Germany. We are just not able to follow the principles you very well described in Hit Refresh book. Together with the whole CEE region, I feel myself in the very tail of the innovations train, regardless the fact that we are - desperately - trying to use the most of technologies, provided by Microsoft. Without local Azure cloud, the whole story of D365 and M365 with all its benefits is not possible here. It is also limiting the sales of Microsoft Azure as such, as there are lot of customers who would very much like to have it, but they are afraid of breaking the law.

Let's hit refresh Russia. I'm sure it is now time to prove that Microsoft is out of political games and follows the values you proclaim. What can I as a partner do to make Azure cloud appear I'm my country?

Best Regards,

Alexander Ermakov, Partner at Awara IT

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