Microsoft has announced plans to build its first data centres in the UK

Microsoft opens first UK data centres

Microsoft has announced the opening of data centres in the UK to support its Azure and Office 365 cloud services.

The data centres, the first to be opened by Microsoft in the UK, will ensure the data of users of Microsoft’s cloud services will be kept in the UK at all times.

"At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella speaking at the company's Future Decoded conference in London.

"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 UK centres will be open in early 2016.

The news comes about a month after the European Union's Court of Justice declared a treaty that enabled data to be transferred to the US from Europe for storage invalid.

"We can guarantee customers that their data will always stay in the UK," said Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's executive vice president of cloud and enterprise.

"Being able to very concretely tell that story is something that I think will accelerate cloud adoption further in the UK."

Earlier this week, Amazon – Microsoft’s major rival in cloud services – also announced its plans to build data centres in the UK in 2016.

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