Microsoft is discussing moving the deadline for ending access to cloud services in the Russian Federation from March 20 to the end of the month

Microsoft is discussing moving the deadline for ending access to cloud services in the Russian Federation from March 20 to the end of the month

Microsoft is discussing the postponement of the termination of access to cloud services on the territory of the Russian Federation from March 20 to the end of the month, Softline reported. The company learned that subscriptions to Teams, One drive, Azure, Office 365 M365 SQL On-prem Server, System center server (security updates will stop being delivered) and all versions of Excel will definitely be blocked.

“Through our own channels, we have just received information from Microsoft representatives that thanks to the proactive position of Softline customers, the vendor has started discussing the issue of moving the suspension of services and access to data from March 20 to the end of the month,” the company’s vice president said in Softline’s message. Andrii Blagorazumova.

At the same time, the representative of Softline emphasized that the expected postponement does not cancel the restrictions introduced, but gives the necessary time to make backups and configure the operation of an alternative infrastructure.

The company’s message also states that Softline has learned that subscriptions to such products as Teams, One drive, Azure, Office 365 M365, all web services (including free ones), SQL On-prem Server, will definitely be blocked. System center server (security updates will stop being delivered), all versions of Excel. MS Visio and Office keys will also be blocked, Security updates (WSUS) will not be delivered.

The planned shutdown will also affect the free versions of Power BI Pro and Azure Devops and the Microsoft online protection service, Softline reports. “The shutdown will affect only companies registered on the territory of the Russian Federation. Transnational MNCs should not be blocked. This will also apply to educational products. As for the products of natural persons, they are not planned to be turned off,” Softline said.

Earlier, media resource RTVI reported that Microsoft promised not to close access to its cloud services for Russian physical users from March 20.

“Representatives of the company informed corporate customers that they will not block products of individual users on the night of March 20-21. Outages threaten only those companies that are registered near Russia. A source in the IT market told RTVI about this.

The exact list of restricted products has not yet been published. However, it is known that all cloud services will most likely be blocked. Separately mentioned in the list:

  • Microsoft Teams (video conferencing system);

  • Microsoft OneDrive (cloud storage);

  • Microsoft Azure (cloud platform);

  • Microsoft Office 365 (including Excel);

  • Microsoft SQL Server (database management system);

  • Microsoft System Center (a package of products for managing the corporate IT environment).

The shutdown will also affect the free versions of Power BI Pro, Azure Devops and educational products, MS Visio and Office keys will be blocked. Whether Microsoft will delete the data of Russian companies from the “cloud” is still unclear.

– It was clarified in RTVI.

On March 15, 2024, Microsoft warned Russian corporate customers that, as part of EU sanctions, the US company is prohibited from supplying certain management or design software (including cloud solutions) to organizations registered in Russia from March 20, 2024. Microsoft did not provide a list of software. Experts believe that it can be Power BI and Dynamics CRM, as well as access to cloud services such as Teams and Microsoft 365 (Office 365), the Microsoft Outlook mail service, and OneDrive and SharePoint storage.

Earlier, Softline confirmed that Microsoft and Amazon will end access to their cloud products on the territory of the Russian Federation from March 20, 2024. The company advised system administrators to back up data related to all Microsoft, Amazon, and Google cloud products as soon as possible. It was assumed that Google would also limit the access of corporate clients to the Russian Federation. However, no letters from the company have yet arrived.

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