Microsoft Cloud Services Available in UK From Local Data Centers
In addition to providing low-latency cloud services, the local data centers will satisfy the data residency and privacy requirements of the region's enterprises."Data residency" and "sovereignty" are more than buzzwords bandied about by cloud providers; it's a legitimate concern for the growing number of companies around the world. Whether sparked by the National Security Agency cyber-spying scandal or the U.S. government's attempts to obtain data from servers located in Ireland, businesses harbor concerns that their customer records, confidential files, emails and other sensitive information stored on the cloud may be accessed at the whim of foreign authorities, agencies and other unauthorized persons. In the United Kingdom, Microsoft is now putting those concerns to rest. The company today said that its Azure cloud computing services and Office 365 are now available in the region from local data centers. Dynamics CRM Online will follow suit in the first half of 2017. CEO Satya Nadella (pictured) first announced Microsoft's plans to open the UK-based data centers in November 2015 during the company's Future Decoded conference in London. "The recent announcement of local UK data centers by Microsoft in London, Durham and Cardiff is part of a bigger picture of the large cloud computing providers 'setting up shop' on local territory to provide better access and performance of their cloud products and services," Mark Skilton, a security researcher and professor in the Information Systems and Management Group at Warwick Business School, wrote in an email sent to eWEEK.
"These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in industries, such as banking, government, public sector and health care, meet their customers' needs, the regulatory requirements they are held to, and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity," wrote Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise division, in a Sept. 6 blog post.