@Gleadall: Yes, to both of your points/questions. Anonymizing PII before storing it in the cloud is a good work-around that is used by a number of applications. And yes, a foreign datacenter purchased by an American company would become subject to the Patriot Act. As mentioned during the webinar it is more of an emotional issue than a legal issue, but emotions drive a lot of business decisions. One of the ways Microsoft is addressing the challenge is to work with local datacenters that effectively license and run the Azure infrastructure (this is happening in Australia, for example), thereby eliminating the Patriot Act from the equation.
@Gleadall: We cover this today, but it does apply. The Patriot Act applies to personal information on foreign nationals that is stored on a datacenter owned by a U.S. company, or the subsidiary of a U.S. company, regardless of where the datacenter is located.
@Moses de los Santos: We finished taping them last Friday, and they should be posted in early February, and you will be able to access them on the link in Lars's post - just click through to the Business Planning Services.
PS: no problem on the name - it happens all the time!
@Lars Kemmann: Lars, thank you! Next week's webinar will actually cover market opportunities (geography, company size, etc) for cloud solutions. The series that is running here on Channel 9 will not go into channel development, but does cover most other aspects of building a cloud business.
The current channel development workshop offering is a series of four webinars covering all aspects of building a channel for cloud solutions. It includes one hour of consulting by phone to address issues specific to a partners requirements. The four webinars and the call are priced at $99. Last year we ran these as on-site two-day workshops in different cities around the world, at much higher price point, but they are difficult to scale. The webinars are being taped tomorrow and will be available in early February.