Microsoft Announces UK Specific Data Centres

Stay Creative, Productive and Data Safe in the UK

Operating your IT solution from a cloud infrastructure has just become more British. Microsoft Cloud now operates Azure and Office 365 from UK located data centres, allowing organisations with UK specific compliance and policy requirements to retain their data in the UK. With a cloud adoption rate of 84 percent, the UK is a global leader in embracing the benefits of cloud-based solutions.

Microsoft UK Data Centre

MS UK Data Centre


Local, world-class reliability and performance combined with data residency is what many UK organisations, including government departments, regulated industries and other businesses have demanded since the migration of IT capabilities to the cloud. The fulfilment of Microsoft’s promise to deliver UK based data centres provides a fabric of security, privacy, compliance, transparency and availability, to the UK market and offers a seamless platform for organisations to implement high performance solutions to their business processes.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD), which employs around 250,000 people, will use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure cloud services, with the Government citing value for money and security as key reasons for the agreement.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the country’s largest mental health trust, Aston Martin, Capita and Rosslyn Analytics have also agreed to use Microsoft’s UK data centres, joining thousands of other UK businesses and organisations.

The Trust is aiming to use Microsoft’s products to support communication across its organisation – for example, with staff and services working in the community, including home visits, which require health specialists to work remotely.

Stephen Docherty, Chief Information Officer at the Trust, said: “We are excited to be a part of this data centre programme and greatly value Microsoft’s commitment to providing locally-based cloud services. Everything we do is to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve.”

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 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.

It is part of the Corporation’s commitment to offer Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 from local data centres to meet demand, especially for those organisations looking for solutions delivered from data centres based in the UK.

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