Microsoft Expands Cloud Services to the U.K.

Lest there be any doubt about MicrosoftEUs commitment to its cloud services products, the company has just announced that it would be expanding its offerings to include the United Kingdom. CEO Satya Nadella [pictured] announced plans to offer commercial cloud services during the company's Future Decoded event in London today.

Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be generally available from local U.K.-based data centers in late 2016 with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter, the company said. Microsoft said it will also offer Azure ExpressRoute to offer customers private connections to the cloud.

Redmond said it also plans to expand its data centers in Ireland and the Netherlands. EUAt Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more,EU Nadella said during his keynote speech. EUBy expanding our data center regions in the U.K., Netherlands and Ireland we aim to give local businesses and organizations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth.EU

Bringing Data Residency to the U.K.

The news follows a decision by EuropeEUs highest court that current agreements between the European Union (EU) and the United States on how to handle user data are insufficient to protect the privacy of EU citizens. That means many larger companies will no longer be able to house data on European users on U.S. servers, and will have to relocate that data to servers in the EU.

The new local cloud regions will enable data residency for customers in the U.K., allowing data to be replicated within the U.K. for backup and recovery. Microsoft said that this would help reduce network distance and lower latency rates.

The new local data centers will help meet the strong demand for cloud services coming from the U.K., especially for organizations looking for solutions delivered from data centers...

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