Microsoft’s decision to open data centres in the UK is a “win-win” for the country, according to the Government’s technology advisor. Liam Maxwell – National Technology Advisor for HM Government – told a meeting of senior figures from across British business that storing data in the cloud would be more secure and cost the public less than current methods.
“To be able to have a data centre structure here which is commercial grade and allows us to have UK data residency, so it’s open to the public sector, has been the win:win that we all wanted,” Maxwell told the meeting at Microsoft’s offices in London. “To have this capacity with UK data residency is one of the factors that makes the UK the best place for a tech start-up or to start a tech corporate initiative. It’s not unreasonable that people want to keep data in the UK. Citizens want to trust that their Government – and companies – is holding their data securely. The UK provides that assurance.”
The Microsoft Cloud in the UK, with Azure and Office 365, is now generally available from multiple data centre locations. Dynamics CRM Online will join the line-up in the first half of 2017.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Aston Martin, Capita and Rosslyn Analytics have also signed up. They join thousands of other UK businesses and organisations – such as Glasgow City Council, Marks & Spencer, Confused.com, Natural Resources Wales, Pizza Hut Restaurants and Virgin Atlantic – already using Microsoft’s cloud services.
The new cloud regions in the UK become part of one the world’s largest online storage infrastructures, supported by more than 100 data centres globally. These hold over 30 trillion pieces of data and are backed by billions of dollars in investment since 1989.