Since 08:01am this morning, Microsoft has opened three datacentres in the UK, located in London, Cardiff and Durham. This means that Azure and Office365 can now be locally hosted for UK companies, it will empower more businesses to undertake further digital transformation whilst also meeting compliance and policy requirements.

The local offering brings superior reliability and performance combined with data residency to government departments, regulated industries and other businesses alike. Built on Microsoft’s trusted cloud principles of security, privacy, compliance, transparency and availability, this creates new opportunities for innovation.

Microsoft has one of the largest online storage infrastructures, supported by more than 100 data centres globally and hold more than 30 trillion pieces of data. The new UK regions means that its customers get the benefit of customer residency and geo-redundant data replication in multiple data centres within the country for business continuity.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) will be using Office365 and Azure, with the government citing value for money and security as key reasons for the agreement.

“Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MoD’s digital transformation agenda. 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”

Mike Stone, Chief Digital and Information Officer at MoD

The NHS Foundation Trust, Aston Martin, Capita and Rosslyn Analytics are among other new companies that will be using the datacentres. They join thousands of other UK businesses such as Glasgow City Council, Marks and Spencer’s, Pizza Hut and Virgin Atlantic – already using Microsoft’s cloud services.

“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, Microsoft’s UK cloud region means that demonstrating regulatory and legal compliance is simpler. The bottom line is we trust Microsoft.”

Steven Doherty, Chief Information Officer at NHS Foundation Trust

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