In his keynote at the Future Decoded 2015 event on Tuesday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to offer commercial cloud services from the UK.
Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be generally available from locally based data centres in late 2016, offering customers data residency in the UK and Nadella said, “By expanding our data centre regions in the UK…we aim to give local businesses and organisations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth.“
He continued, “This marks a huge milestone and a commitment on our part to make sure that we build the most hyperscale public cloud that operates around the world, with more regions than anyone else, so giving our customers, from startups to small business to public sector organisations, more choice to be able to build their applications.“
In an article published on Microsoft.com the organisation says the new local Microsoft cloud region will enable data residency for customers in the UK, allowing data to be replicated within the UK for backup and recovery, reduced network distance and lower latency.
General availability of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 is earmarked for late 2016 and will also offer Azure ExpressRoute to provide customers with the option of a private connection to the cloud.
Read the article in full on microsoft.com here.