Microsoft launches new UK data centres. Microsoft UK has announced the opening of new data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff, in a move seen as a further effort to encourage businesses to make use of its range of cloud-based services.
The computing giant has said the move is particularly aimed at the public sector and those involved in the handling of sensitive data. The Ministry of Defence, Aston Martin and an NHS trust are among the first organisations to switch their IT support to the cloud-based services now located in the UK.
First unveiled in an announcement in November last year, the data centres specifically provide local versions of the company's Azure and Office 365 services. This ultimately means no information needs to be transferred overseas, which Microsoft hopes will reduce any concerns that its clients may hold in relation to the security of their data.
Mike Stone, chief digital and information officer at the Ministry of Defence, said Microsoft’s new cloud service was “secure and transparent”.
He said: “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.”
Microsoft UK’s chief executive Cindy Rose added she was “delighted” to see such demand for the new services.
“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,” she added.
The launch of the data centres is undoubtedly another sign of Microsoft’s commitment to UK business and comes after it also selected eight start-up organisations to get involved in its latest Microsoft Accelerator initiative.
The 12-week course in London has been developed to help entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow their business through technical assistance, access to quality resources and mentoring.
Picked from 350 applicants, the eight proposals chosen include a program which attempts to predict the future, an online bot designed to chat to customers and a handheld health monitor for those with conditions such as cancer, anaemia and polycythemia.