Microsoft becomes first global provider to deliver complete cloud from the UK

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 07 September 2016
Microsoft becomes first global provider to deliver complete cloud from the UK

Microsoft’s new cloud regions in the UK have become part of one the world’s largest online storage infrastructures, supported by more than 100 data centres globally. These hold over 30 trillion pieces of data and are backed by billions of dollars in investment since 1989. With the new UK regions, customers receive the benefits of data residency and geo-redundant data replication in multiple data centres within the country for business continuity.

Cindy Rose, chief executive of Microsoft UK, said: “We’re delighted to see such growing demand for Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from our new data centres in the UK. We’ve been part of the UK’s tech 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.”

Capita One has been selected by Microsoft as a key partner in the launch of its first UK data centres. Mark Raeburn, managing director of Capita One, explains: “Microsoft Azure’s cloud provides an innovative platform that will support us in delivering the tools that social workers need to improve the lives of children and families in the years ahead, and we are really excited to be part of this program.”

Careflow Connect is also reaping the rewards of the platform. Jon Shaw, chief executive of the company, said: “Careflow is a secure, mobile communications tool, which connects clinicians and care professionals with patients. We’ve made considerable progress running our business on the existing Microsoft Azure infrastructure, however for many NHS Trusts, UK residency of patient data is a key consideration. Having access to Microsoft’s UK data centres will enable us to grow our business and build additional functionality to our service, benefitting the NHS and patients alike.”

 


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