Microsoft opens new UK data centres

Microsoft has launched its first cloud-based UK data centres for Azure and Office 365 customers.

The new data centres will be located in London, Durham and Cardiff and are compliant with the new EU-US Privacy Shield framework. This should ease some speculation about cloud data security for many users.

The secure data centres were initially announced by the Microsoft last year in November and will not only allow users to store data more securely, it will also provide an additional 28 features. 

Amazon is also set to open its own UK Data centres soon. 

Mark Skilton, professor of practice for the Information Systems & Management Group at Warwick Business School, said: “The recent announcement of local UK data centers by Microsoft in London, Durham and Cardiff is part of a bigger picture of the large cloud computing providers ‘setting up shop’ on local territory to provide better access and performance of their cloud products and services.” 

The South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have already confirmed their interest in adopting the technology that will enhance, or indeed replace their existing data storage and security solutions. 

Daniel Jones, an analyst at Kable said: “The MoD had always considered itself as a special case with bespoke and disparate ICT solutions, but is now having to be far more commercially minded in the face of financial pressures. 

"Other areas of the public sector have also held off migration to the cloud for various reasons, including fears over data sovereignty and the complexity of the task.” 

Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft corporate VP for Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise said: “These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet their customers’ needs, the regulatory requirements they are held to, and the need for local redundancy and disaster recovery.” 

Concerns surrounding issues with Azure that had previously been responsible for crashing sites is something that would directly cripple any public sector using the platform. 

UK public sector organisations need to adopt an alternative to their current data storage solutions if they want to reassure the public that their credentials are secure.

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