Re-shoring cloud computing back to the UK: how UK data centres are changing the cloud computing landscape. Kerry Burn, CEO and co-founder, The 848 Group.

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In the midst of growing concern about the global privacy and protection of personal data, Microsoft has opened three new data centres in the UK. Situated in London, Cardiff and Durham, the data centres will be home to Office 365, Azure and more than 200 other Microsoft cloud services including Outlook.com, OneDrive, Skype and Bing. Here, Kerry Burn, CEO and co-founder of IT consultancy, The 848 Group, looks at how the UK cloud computing landscape is changing.

Customers often ask me whether their data will be secure if they migrate to the cloud. It's a valid question. After all, until now, Microsoft--along with many other multinational cloud providers including Google, Amazon, Oracle and IBM --has operated data centres all over the world and there has been no option for UK companies to choose to host their data in the UK.

Although data sovereignty laws are very stringent in the European Economic Area (EEA), it can be difficult for businesses that operate globally to navigate the inconsistent rules and regulations from one country to the next. At the same time, ensuring an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects can be overwhelming.

Some businesses also fear the potential impact of data leaks and many have become wary of migrating to the cloud. In 2015, for example, there were over 1,505 data leaks, according to research firm InfoWatch Analytical Center. To make matters worse, 90.8 per cent of the leaked data was personal data.

Although cloud security has traditionally been a major concern for users, there is a growing trend for businesses moving their systems to the cloud, where cheaper subscription-based models offer respite from the high capital and operational expenditure (CAPEX and OPEX) costs of owning, maintaining and, most importantly, securing your own IT assets. As companies increasingly operate globally, migrating to the cloud offers a more secure alternative to running your own remotely accessible services. In addition to offering a competitive advantage, migrating to the cloud mitigates the risk exposure to growing businesses.

Here at The 848 Group, we have helped countless global and local businesses migrate to the cloud. This experience has shown us that the most successful migrations are ones where business leaders consult with us at the assessment stage. This not only ensures that your IT estate is designed to work with the cloud from the ground up, but that it also continues to align with...

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