Written by Rob Young, Group Managing Director – 13th September 2017

Did you know… The cloud data storage market is now estimated to be worth £3.4bn in the UK alone and growing rapidly?

However previous to now, cloud computing contracts with Microsoft for highly regulated UK industries such as Healthcare, National Defence and Public Sector were not possible due to a variety of strict regulations specifying that the data must be stored within the UK and not housed at a data centre in Europe.

However as of last week, Takeshi Numoto – Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Cloud + Enterprise announced that Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now available via three United Kingdom data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff. Since this news was released, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) which employ more than 230,000 people are one of Microsoft’s newest cloud clients.

To add to this Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose explained that Microsoft are now very well placed to support the digital transformation of organisations throughout the country as a result of their on-going commitment to principles of security, privacy, transparency, compliance and availability.

What other benefits can Microsoft’s UK data centres bring?

  1. UK based customers should also benefit from faster-running apps as the Office 365 apps can now operate without the delay of sending data overseas.
  1. The UK data centres now instil much higher trust levels when it comes to data security. This is reflected by the recent Ministry of Defence commission.
  1. Exciting news is it’s reported that Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year as well.

If you from one of those organisations who previously had to discount Azure or Office 365 subscriptions due to strict data regulations, please do get in touch and we would be pleased to discuss your needs. As Microsoft Gold Partners we know everything there is to know about these two powerful products.