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Microsoft hands data centre boost to UK cloud partners

The ribbon has been cut on Microsoft's UK data centre months ahead of its rival

Microsoft partners selling the vendor’s cloud solutions, Azure and Office 365, have been given a boost with the launch of the firm’s UK data centres.

The launch of data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff snuffs out any lingering concerns that some customers might have had about where their data resides and also provides some serious capacity for the UK market.

Microsoft is also boasting that is has stolen a march on its other great public cloud rival AWS, which is yet to cut the ribbon on its UK data centres.

AWS is expected to have a UK based data centre up and running by early next year, which gives Microsoft a head start of a good few months on its rival.

In a blog post the firm updated the market on its progress establishing UK data centres and outlined the benefits.

The Microsoft Cloud in the UK opens today with Azure and Office 365 now generally available from multiple data centre locations in the UK. This cloud empowers the digital transformation of businesses and public sector organisations, helping them increase productivity while meeting compliance and policy requirements. Dynamics CRM Online will join the line-up in the first half of 2017,” the firm stated.

“Built on Microsoft’s Trusted Cloud principles of security, privacy, compliance, transparency and availability, this creates new opportunities for innovation, with the intent to spark local economic growth for Microsoft UK’s 25,000-plus partners and support local technology advancement,” it added.

The data centres were launched with a couple of significant customers already on board with the Ministry of Defence and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, both happy to let the vendor store their data.

For the channel, which has been fairly consistently incentivised this year to get behind the Microsoft cloud offerings, this should strengthen their hand when competing against a rival that does not have the same access to UK data centres.

Cindy Rose, chief executive of Microsoft UK, said the the data centres were opening at a time when there was growing demand for Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM Online.
“With our trusted cloud now delivered locally, and our commitment to principles of security, privacy, transparency, compliance, and availability, we are well placed to support the digital transformation of organisations throughout the country,” she said.

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