Microsoft Dynamics 365 Keeps Your Cloud Data in the UK
In 2016, Microsoft announced new UK data centres for its Office 365 and Azure cloud services.
This month it confirmed Dynamics 365 now joins Office 365 and Azure in its UK data-centres giving commercial and public sector organisations UK data residency.
Across Dynamics 365, Office 365 (including SharePoint) and Azure, it means that UK businesses are able to implement a complete Microsoft Cloud services stack that ensure all of their data remains in this country.
Speaking to Cloud Pro, Chris Rothwell, Dynamics 365 product manager at Microsoft UK commented:
"Some customers have either regulatory reasons or prefer to have their data in the UK and so it's great to be able to offer that. It will be an additional benefit for customers who have maybe looked at moving to the cloud in the past and decided it's not quite for them."
With two UK data centres, any form of geo-redundancy (retaining a second data set in a separate data centre) will still mean that both sets of data are held in the UK.
As well as addressing data sovereignty, the introduction of Dynamics 365 to Microsoft UK data centres will greatly assist businesses in meeting the unique data and regulatory needs of the UK market, including GDPR legislation.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect in May 2018, organisations need to plan ahead to make sure they are compliant and have a clear strategy for collecting and managing customer data.
The launch of a complete cloud for all Microsoft Cloud services in the UK comes just a few weeks after Microsoft announced all of its services will be GDPR compliant.
Using Microsoft services is an important step towards compliance but this will only address one aspect of the process.
Find out how Microsoft is committed to helping businesses with GDPR.