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As of this month, Microsoft are able to offer Azure and Office 365 from ‘local’ data centres, ie, in the UK and the UK only.

Since the introduction of ‘the cloud’ concept there have been many wary eyebrows raised over concerns over data security, privacy, transparency, compliance and availability. However, in recent years there has been a seismic shift towards cloud adoption as previous concerns dissipate and a certain level of trust builds.

Microsoft are often the first to adopt new standards and frameworks such as the international standard for cloud privacy, ISO 27018. Coupling this with their compliance with the recent EU-US Privacy Shield, the new UK data centres enable a new level of trust and security.  The centres will also offer a little more confidence to sectors such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare, allowing them to meet regulatory needs and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity.

In the Office 365 seminars that we run, we talk extensively about where and how the platform is being used, and we go into detail on the level of security and privacy controls that apply to it. ISO27018, IEC29100, EU Privacy Law, G-Cloud IL2, etc! These new UK centres should encourage previously hesitant organisations to embrace the big advantages the cloud has to offer.

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