Sunday, October 22, 2017

Microsoft UK data centres now allow Azure customers to backup, restore data

Ministry of Defence and National Health Service signed up to the services with PAYG schemes.

Microsoft is now allowing UK customers to back up and restore their files from data centres recently opened in London, Durham and Cardiff.

The company has introduced Azure Backup and Site Recovery, “offering companies and organisations reliable, secure and cost-competitive ways to protect important information”.

Azure Backup is a backup-as-a-service, pay-as-you-go tool designed to protect data independently of where it resides, whether it is an enterprise data centre, in remote and branch offices or in the public cloud.

Site Recovery is a disaster recovery-as-a-service (DRaaS) solution built to protect Hyper-V, VMware and other physical servers. If a customer’s primary server fails, Site Recovery will automatically direct to a secondary site.

It coordinates and manages the ongoing replication of data by integrating with existing technologies, including System Center and SQL Server AlwaysOn.

Mark Smith, Senior Director of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, said: “With Azure Backup and Site Recovery, Microsoft customers can be confident that their information is safe, secure and available whenever and wherever they need it.

“These features add to the fantastic services already being offered from Microsoft’s UK data centres, which are being utilised by the Government and other major organisations in this country because of the transparency, security and compliance they offer.”

Microsoft’s UK data centres opened in September 2016 and are being used by organisations including the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the National Health Service (NHS), Aston Martin and Capita.

Azure currently has 32 cloud regions with data centres in all regions apart from Africa and the Middle East.

The company is currently expanding its fleet and plans to add six new regions (two in South Korea, two in France and two in the US) soon.