DataCentre tourMicrosoft’s customers are now able to use private connections to the company’s UK data centres.

The Azure ExpressRoute and PSN/N3 Connectivity feature, provided by our certified partners, is just one of the new services Microsoft has unveiled since the company launched its Azure and Office 365 cloud offering in this country three months ago.

Since then, thousands of customers – including the Ministry of Defence, the Met Police and parts of the NHS – have signed up to take advantage of the sites, which offer UK data residency, security and reliability.

Liam Maxwell, the Government’s National Technology Adviser, said: 

“The arrival of local data centres in the UK is fantastic news for British businesses and the public sector alike.

“Cloud services enable organisations to change how they deliver existing services and to design new services for their customers, reshaping how they engage employees and reduce operational costs.”

The new connectivity feature allows customers who would like a hybrid option – storing some information online and some on their premises – to manage their data quickly and safely.

Other new services include:

  • Azure Security Centre, which helps customers prevent, detect and respond to threats, giving them full visibility and control over their secure network.
  • Service Fabric lets developers focus on building features for their applications, without needing to design and write additional code to deal with reliability, scalability or latency.
  • Azure Marketplace is an online store featuring thousands of certified and open source applications, developer service and data.

Companies and organisations can use these tools to digitally transform the way they work, helping to spark creativity among their staff and local economic growth.