Microsoft to open new data centres in UK

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17 November, 2015

Microsoft has revealed that it will launch its own commercial cloud service in the UK with Office 365 and Azure available from data centres in the UK by 2017. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online will be added later.

The tech giant currently has 20 data centres in various countries and regions, but its European representation is relatively scarce.

Mike Schutz, general manager for cloud marketing, spoke in September of how Microsoft’s portfolio covers a greater number of regions than Google and AWS combined.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said:

“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.”

The competition between the four key cloud providers (Microsoft, IBM, Google, and AWS) is as tense as ever. Microsoft has never been forthcoming when it comes to revealing its revenue from Azure. However, its financial reporting reveals it made $5.89bn from the ‘intelligent cloud’ segment in the last quarter, a $0.51bn increase from the same period in 2014.

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