Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available in UK data centres

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 07 September 2016
Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available in UK data centres

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now available from multiple UK-based data centres, while Dynamics CRM Online will be available in spring 2017.

These new local Microsoft Cloud regions will bring ‘world-class reliability and performance’ to government departments and businesses in industries such as banking, the public sector, healthcare and more. Organisations will benefit from data residency and geo-redundant data replication in multiple data centres across the UK, ensuring business continuity.

Each new region adheres to Microsoft’s Trusted Cloud principles, which cover security, privacy, compliance and transparency. Microsoft aims to spark local economic growth for its 25,000-plus partners in the UK and support local technology advancement.

“We’re delighted to see such growing demand for Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online from our new data centres in the UK,” said Cindy Rose, chief executive of Microsoft UK. “We’ve been part of the UK’s technology landscape for over 30 years and we’re proud of the way this country leads the world in embracing technology and new ideas. With our trusted cloud now delivered locally, and our commitment to principles of security, privacy, transparency, compliance, and availability, we are well placed to support the digital transformation of organisations throughout the country.”

Several companies have agreed to use Microsoft’s UK data centres, including Aston Martin, Capita One, Careflow Connect and Rosslyn Analytics. The Ministry of Defence (MoD), which employs around 250,000 people, will use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure cloud services to increase security and reduce the £3 billion its currently spends on infrastructure every year.

“Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MOD’s digital transformation agenda,” said Mike Stone, chief digital and information officer at the MoD. “This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world-class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better-placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.”

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the UK’s largest mental health trust, aims to use the cloud services to support organisation-wide communication.

“We are excited to be a part of this data centre programme and greatly value Microsoft’s commitment to providing locally based cloud services,” said Stephen Docherty, CIO at the trust. “Having the option to store data locally will allow us to take advantage of new opportunities to utilise the Microsoft UK Azure Platform and it is reassuring to know that our trust’s core data, that we create and manage, stays in the UK. For us, the Microsoft’s UK cloud region means that demonstrating regulatory and legal compliance is simpler. The bottom line is we trust Microsoft.”

The new cloud regions in the UK become part of one the world’s largest online storage infrastructures, supported by more than 100 data centres worldwide, which hold more than 30 trillion pieces of data.

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