Following on from our last post about the importance of your data sovereignty, Microsoft has announced the opening of multiple UK Data Centres to deliver their range of cloud services such as Azure and Office 365. They are the first of the big cloud operators to open UK data centres, allowing Microsoft to guarantee UK data sovereignty should that be one of your specific business requirements.
According to Microsoft, “The local offering brings world-class reliability and performance combined with data residency to government departments, regulated industries and other businesses alike.” The two new data centres, named UK West and UK South are located in Cardiff and London respectively.
In the past, the main data centres serving the UK were based in Ireland and the Netherlands.
Investing in local data centres seems to be a key differentiator for Microsoft, who have also opened a new data centre in Germany, ensuring that they adhere to German data handling regulations and give their customers additional choices of how and where data is processed.
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