Future Decoded: Microsoft to offer cloud services from the UK

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 10 November 2015
Future Decoded: Microsoft to offer cloud services from the UK

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had some good news for UK enterprises at Future Decoded in London on 10 November; they will soon be able to access Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from UK-based data centres.

Expected to be generally available in late 2016, the new UK-based Azure and Office 365 data centres will enable customers to replicate their data in the UK for backup and recovery, reduced network distance and lower latency. This will provide Microsoft UK’s more than 25,000 partners with new opportunities for innovation and local economic growth.

Dynamics CRM Online capabilities will be added at a slightly later date and Microsoft will also offer Azure ExpressRoute for customers wanting to establish a private connection to the cloud.

“With a cloud adoption rate of 84%, the UK is a global leader in embracing the benefits of cloud-based solutions,” said Michel Van der Bel, area vice president and general manager of Microsoft UK. “Our commitment to offer Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 from local data centres will help meet such demand, especially for those organisations looking for solutions delivered from data centres based in the UK. This will open opportunity for customers and partners alike to innovate, compete and grow their business using the power of the cloud while adhering to strict standards and regulations like those found in banking, financial services and the public sector.”

Some of Microsoft’s UK customers, such as the Ministry of Defence (MOD), have already ‘expressed a desire’ to uses the cloud services.

“At the MOD, we have a clear mission to deliver the modern, open and flexible IT resources required to ensure our forces have information capabilities tailored to their mission, location and role, accessible through a cost-effective and adaptable infrastructure,” said Mike Stone, chief digital and information officer, MOD. “Microsoft’s plans to offer highly secure, UK-based cloud services is an exciting development and one that will clearly support the MOD in our transformation journey.”

Also at Future Decoded, Microsoft revealed that it has expanded its data centre facilities in Ireland and opened a new centre in Middenmeer, Netherlands. Both locations serve as hubs for Microsoft cloud services, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online, and will provide additional capacity for customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO. “By expanding our data centre regions in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland we aim to give local businesses and organisations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth.”

Microsoft now has 24 Azure regions around the world – more than any other major cloud provider.

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