Last week Microsoft announced that its first UK Cloud computing data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff were up and running, with the Ministry of Defence and the NHS trust first in line to have their data stored in Microsoft’s shiny new sites. Currently offering support for Azure Cloud services and Office 365, these new data centres will also be ready to support Dynamics CRM Online in the first half of 2017.
But what does this mean for UK business?
Well, for a start, for some people it means much less stress over where physically their data is being stored. When it comes to making full use of the Cloud for some organisations, such as the MoD and the NHS, the lines can get a little blurry from a regulatory and legal standpoint. Imagine if all that personal, confidential, maybe even top secret data was being stored in international data centres and something went awry… I can’t imagine the person running that ship would be in charge for long. Solely using data centres in the UK cuts out on that risk, and allows an entirely new network of companies who were maybe dubious about Cloud services in the past able to take advantage of Microsoft’s Cloud, and the amazing services it can provide such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.
UK Cloud Data Centres also means quicker access (or latency) for businesses also. This means faster responding apps for end users, and less time getting frustrated at things moving slowly.
So why are so many big businesses making the switch to Microsoft’s Cloud?
Lots of reasons! Access to Microsoft’s Cloud allows you to take advantage of some incredible applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and Exchange Online through Office 365, on up to 5 devices per user, working seamlessly between devices thanks to data storage in the Cloud. Cloud storage also means collaborating with both internal colleagues and external partners is child’s play. Users can work on the same document simultaneously, for true collaboration and getting the job done faster.
For many businesses, upgrading to the latest technology can be costly, and often difficult to justify. With Office 365, the potential initial cost is much lower than buying everything you need upfront; businesses can instead opt for an affordable per user monthly payment system. Oh, and those manual but important security updates you’ve always hated? Microsoft perform all of these updates themselves on the other side, providing users with the most up to date version of its applications at all times, making using Microsoft’s Cloud an absolute win for businesses and users alike. Hurrah!
What does the future hold for the Cloud?
It’s certain Cloud computing will continue to have a profoundly positive impact on our lives in the coming years. These new UK Data Centres will mean a lot more businesses will feel comfortable working with the Cloud and storing their data with Microsoft, and we're likely to see more UK Data Centres open in the coming years as demand continues to increase. As for the rest of our lives, we've already seen Cloud services taking over other areas, such as Spotify and Apple Music in the music sector, and the use of Netflix over watching satellite and cable TV. For the future, we can only see these Cloud offerings increasing, and providing better and cheaper services for end users, which can only be a good thing!
So once again, well done Microsoft, and we're excited for what else the future holds!
Posted by Jordan Maciver on Monday, September 12, 2016
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