Microsoft announces launch of commercial cloud services from the UK

Speaking at Microsoft's Future Decoded event, CEO Satya Nadella also showcased the company's live hologram generator the HoloLens

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced plans to offer commercial cloud services Microsoft Azure and Office 365 from local UK data centres from late 2016, with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter.

Alongside expanded facilities in Ireland and the Netherlands, these services will enable regulated industries, government organisations and businesses to replicate data within the UK for back-up and recovery, reduced network distance and lower latency.

Microsoft claims this will create new opportunities for innovation and local economic growth for its more than 25,000 partners, who will benefit from higher-level services for advanced analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data.

Speaking at this morning’s Future Decoded event, Nadella also showcased the company’s latest innovation – the HoloLens – which will generate live holograms for “the real world” and is set to be rolled out in 2016. Users will be able to watch Netflix on a hologram TV, talk to friends via a hologram screen and much more.

Nadella commented: “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. By expanding our data centre regions in the UK, Netherlands and Ireland we aim to give local businesses and organisations of all sizes the transformative technology they need to seize new global growth.”

Michel Van der Bel, area vice president and general manager of Microsoft UK, added:

“This will open opportunities for customers and partners alike to innovate, compete and grow their business using the power of the cloud while adhering to strict standards and regulations like those found in banking, financial services and the public sector.”

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