Less than a week after Werner Vogels announced AWS’ third region coming to the UK, Microsoft has followed suit. Looking to attract more customers as the cloud vendor war heats up, CEO Satya Nadella revealed today in London that Azure, Dynamics CRM and Office 365 services will be available from a UK data center region by the end of of 2016.
Both moves confirm the importance of the UK in the cloud computing landscape and qualm EU fears of PII leaving the Union, especially in light of the EU top court’s ruling of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework last month.
It will be interesting to see how the customer adoption battle plays out. AWS regions typically consist of multiple, physical data centers making up their multiple Availability Zones (AZ’s) and Direct Connect (DX) locations. Microsoft’s regions, however, appear to consist of only one distinct data center per location, i.e. Japan “East” and Japan “West”. Which strategy is better for hosting cross-site high availability applications in the UK?
All in all, 2016 is already shaping up to be a very interesting year for cloud computing in the UK. Let’s see what the New Year brings!