Expanding customer choice – the Microsoft Cloud in Europe


At the Future Decoded event in London on Nov. 10 and at subsequent events in Germany, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a number of investments in the Microsoft Cloud in Europe aimed at driving innovation and economic growth and giving customers greater choice.

Responding to rapid growth in customer demand across Europe, Microsoft announced plans to deliver commercial cloud services from datacenter regions in multiple cities within the U.K. and announced the expansion of regional hubs in Ireland and the Netherlands. General availability of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 from local U.K. datacenters is expected in late 2016, with Dynamics CRM Online following shortly thereafter.

In Germany, Microsoft will be the first global, hyper-scale cloud provider to offer a unique model where access to customer data is controlled by a Data Trustee under German law. Deutsche Telecom, a leading European and German company, will act as the Data Trustee. The Microsoft Cloud in Germany will be available for European customers during the second half of 2016.

These new cloud offerings and expanded facilities will provide customers and partners with more choice and increased opportunities to innovate more quickly, accelerating economic growth.

With more than 100 datacenters in 24 regions serving over 140 countries, Microsoft offers customers and partners more cloud computing choices – public, partner, private, hybrid – in more places around the world than any provider.

These new regions will adhere to the same service and quality standards of all Microsoft Cloud regions. In addition, the services will feature the same industry-leading levels of security, privacy and control, compliance, and transparency that define the Microsoft trusted cloud. Microsoft is committed to innovating to meet the needs of its customers, and understands that customers and partners will only choose technology they trust.

You can learn more about the announcements at Microsoft UK News Centre, the Microsoft News Centre Europe and the Microsoft German News Center.

Doug Hauger
General Manager, National Cloud Programs, Microsoft