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"Google Apps consumer and business solutions run on a single architecture, increasing your privacy and security risks."
This is very misleading.
Microsoft's database technology was not designed for single-tenant, highly-scalable services. Office 365 runs multi-tenanted which is not a "true" cloud solution, it is like running a legacy system on a bunch of interconnected machines. When this type of architecture breaks down due to networking issues or what have you, scores of services break, as is what happened to my data for hours on leap day this year.
Stating the above quote in a white paper is pure spin.
I should clarify that Azure data is what was inaccessible on Feb 29. Maybe Microsoft can tell me where that data is located, but at that time not how to access it.
@Ian Ray: Office 365 has an impressive list of high availability features (http://bit.ly/sKVNQ3), and Microsoft’s transparency regarding security and privacy for the service (http://bit.ly/zW5SqE), and business practices (http://bit.ly/swjQpm) show that we highly value Office 365 clients.
Tony, the canned response is not quite the point. The whitepaper is supposed to be about "technical considerations."
In any case, I swapped multi-tenancy and single-tenancy in my original post. Meant to say Microsoft's backend is single-tenant and multi-tenant having the scalability... too many edits, I will try to do better next time.
What I mean is Microsoft says in this whitepaper that it is a bad thing that Google Apps is built on a technical infrastructure capable of rolling out updates to everybody using the service regardless of which plan they are on. It is almost as if Microsoft is implying that the legacy backend used which creates such isolation as BPOS and Office 365 is somehow a good thing for users "privacy."
There is no humility in the latest Microsoft marketing. This technical whitepaper is literally listing off the technological shortcomings and boasting about them as being good things using meaningless buzzwords. As a potential customer, I would much rather read about how or when Microsoft plans to catch up in supposedly technical marketing materials.
@Ian Ray: Microsoft’s news for government demonstrates how needs in this sector effect service packaging and delivery (http://bit.ly/z7tHrC),(http://bit.ly/wlk5P7), and the white paper described in this blog is a reference for Office 365 privacy (http://bit.ly/sORPn7).
It is great to hear from people interested in the technology and its delivery. For those evaluating cloud productivity solutions, technology-related resources may be of interest on TechNet (http://bit.ly/pjCQbf), while the Office 365 forum could be interesting (http://bit.ly/ha0RZ3) for our Office 365 customers.
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