Microsoft Kick Starts Its New UK Data Center Regions for Business

The newly started data centers in the UK will accomplish Azure and Office 365 services to its clients with high level of security and additional features. It was officially announced by the Microsoft on Wednesday this week that its UK based data centers have started running commercial services. These services include Azure cloud computing services and cloud based Office 365 services.

The company has also announced that it has already hooked ministry of defense MoD and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust among their first customers in the country. Many other clients are also being provided with the high-quality cloud computing services based on these data centers.

It is very important to note that the company first announced the move in the month of November 2015 last year that it will expand the presence in the Netherlands and Ireland along with the addition of data centers in different cities of the UK. The main data center locations that were promised by the Microsoft corporation last year included Durham, London, and Cardiff. The date of the start of these centers was set tentatively by the end of this year (2016). By this announcement, the company successfully achieved the promised target in the UK region.

In an official blog post of Microsoft corporation, the vice president of the cloud and enterprise corporate, Mr. Takeshi Numoto said, “Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the UK”.

It was also informed in the official blog that with this new launch, the total number of data center regions reaches 28 globally, which is among the highest regions within the competitor spectrum of Microsoft Corporation. Meanwhile, the company has also promised  6 more data centers in the country to strengthen its cloud computing operations.

While talking about the Azure services, the chief digital and information officer at the ministry of defense, UK Mr. Mike Stone said, “Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MoD’s digital transformation agenda. This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.”

Many experts in the industry believe that Microsoft is pursuing its cloud computing business very aggressively to pose a strong competition for its competitors across the globe.

Prospective Cloud Growth in EMEA despite Brexit Blow, Says IDC

EMEA regions noticing encouraging growth rate of over 17% in cloud infrastructure with total revenue of about $1.3 billion.

EMEA  Many reports were showing discouraging indications on the cloud data centers and other infrastructure across the European area, which was also feared to leave bad impact on the other markets like Middle East and Africa. But, the latest research results released by the IDC Research Company indicate the trends otherwise.

According the new research, the growth in the cloud infrastructure business across the EMEA regions was recorded at about 17% higher than previous figures. The total revenue of cloud infrastructure grew to $1.3 billion during the first quarter of this fiscal year. The ratio of public cloud of this revenue stands at about $0.6 billion while the total revenue of private cloud stands at about $0.8 billion in the first quarter.

According to the research study findings, the revenue of this regions associated with the cloud infrastructure may cross $10 billion by 2020. This growth will boost the expenditures in the cloud infrastructure at a rate of about 46.4% on an average. The main areas of the IT spending are expected to remain Ethernet switches, servers, and data storage devices.

While talking about the impact of the Brexit, Group Research Analyst at IDC Infrastructure in European region, Mr. Kamil Gregor said, “Our forecast for the UK may be adjusted downward in the following quarter. Other EMEA markets are expected to remain largely unaffected.”

The report also forecast that the total spending in IT infrastructure will increase at about 15.5% in the year 2016. The total spending in the IT infrastructure will cross the $37.1 billion mark this year.

According to another recent report from the Forrester Research Inc, the business in the cloud computing domain will remain as usual across the globe despite the big hype of Brexit impact. The senior analyst of the firm, Paul Miller, in his official statement regarding the Brexit impact said, “Most workloads will continue, largely unaffected by the political re-positioning. Brexit doesn’t break most of the cloud-based usage models already in place. … If those cloud-based workloads are valuable enough to the business, they will survive Brexit.”

Many other experts in the IT industry suggest that the impact of the Brexit will be a little more desirable for AWS businesses because of its widespread operations in other regions of the globe.

Microsoft Plans to Kickstart Azure Stack in 2017

This new Azure stack would be a comprehensive cloud solution for the business partners that will include hardware, software, services and support all together.

Microsoft kickstarts Azure  During the Worldwide Partners Conference WPC 2016, Microsoft Corporation announced that the company is strictly focusing on the mid of 2017 for the release of the Microsoft Azure stack to strengthen the partnerships on the comprehensive cloud solutions. The WPC 2016 conference is being held by the software giant in Toronto, Canada from 10 to 14 July 2016. It is high profile meet of all partners associated with the Microsoft Corporation.

It was further informed about the Azure platform in the conference that many partners, like HPE, Lenovo and Dell will integrate the Azure stack into their systems to speed up the implementation and adoption of the stack. The customers who are planning to utilize these systems of the partners will be given higher priority to increase value in the cloud services.

It is very important to note that the announcement to initiate a comprehensive Azure Stack was made in the Ignite Conference, which was held last year. The new system focuses on the great value for the partners by helping realize the real power of the cloud services while maintaining the high level of controls over the data centers to get full agility of hybrid cloud computing.

While talking about this new platform, the senior director cloud platform and product marketing, Mark Jewett said, “Partners and a rich ecosystem are critical to delivering on the promise of Azure Stack. Here at WPC, it is exciting to see how the industry is responding to customer interest and contributing to the promise of Azure Stack.”

“Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the creation of an expanding inventory of applications and solutions that customers and partners can use invest in and build with the confidence their investments will work in any Azure or Azure Stack cloud” he further maintained.

It is very imperative to note that Microsoft is already in partnership with many leaders in the field, such as Chef, Bitnami, Red Hat, SUSE, Dockers and others to realize the dream project for cloud services.

In his statement, the COO of Bitnami, Mr. Erica Brescia said, “As the provider of over 100 open source server applications for Microsoft Azure, Bitnami has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that software development and deployment in the cloud is easy, secure, and kept up-to-date.”