Ramping up its capabilities with regards to the services it provides to businesses, individuals and government organizations, Microsoft has just announced the general availability of its Azure and Office 365 services from its UK based data-centers.
With an increase in the number of available datacenters, Microsoft will be able to boost the quality of the services it provides while also enhancing its capability to cater to a larger number of consumers.
An official blog post from Microsoft said,
Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions.
The new data centers will help Microsoft provide a whole bunch of cloud-based services to businesses operating in diverse industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet their customers’ needs. Also, considering that all these services strictly adhere to Microsoft’s four pillars of security, privacy, compliance and transparency, they can match the requirements of anything you can throw at them.
Meanwhile, various businesses and government agencies have already begun with transitioning to the Microsoft Cloud. For example, the South London & Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, which is UK’s largest mental health trust will be moving to Microsoft provided cloud services.
Also, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the United Kingdom, with over 250,000 people in its employ, will soon be seen deploying Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure services within its premises. The ministry has stated that the services provide the best value for money and are highly secure, which are also cited as the key reasons for the agreement.
Speaking on the topic, Mike Stone, Chief Digital and Information Officer at the Ministry of Defence, said:
Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MOD’s digital transformation agenda. This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world-class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better-placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.
Azure now offers a total of customers 28 regions and the company is planning to further increase the number to 34, which would be more than any other major cloud provider. The company has also managed to obtain the widest range of attestations and certifications of any cloud service provider. Nice job!