UK and no Cloud?
Only MS could achieve this.
Microsoft's public cloud business is experiencing growing pains – fresh deployments are being held up by insufficient rack space in the UK data centres that host Azure. According to company insiders, Microsoft rents data centre space in London and Cardiff from third-party providers, and owns a facility in Durham, but these …
"If you ignore the recent issues Amazon Web Services had with its capacity and pretend it hasn't happened to them."
You mean a shortage of the t2 time-shared instance type in one AZ for a few hours? Not really the same as a long-term inability to provide an instance family anywhere on an entire continent.
That's if El Reg's reporting can be trusted, which I'm not sure it can as it neglects to mention that the G-series isn't available in the UK - so can't have run out - and if they mean other instance types then there's no mention of the Ireland, Frankfurt, Cardiff or Magdeburg options.
Wel, that's not completely wrong - as long as the FBI can demand (and was confirmed in this by a US judge) the data regardless of where it is, as long as it is accessible from the US (i.e. any data), European data protection laws are just a PR issue and/or the cause of an extra paragraph of text in a National Security Letter.
Actually if you are a UK PLC, current data retention laws state that your data and in particular Financial data must reside in the UK.
So UK PLC's cannot use the MS Cloud in the US or Canada.
I recently helped clear out the BoA DC in Canada Sq London. There was talk that MS were going to take that one over.
UKCloud is not suggesting these things are mere PR issues, more that US firms inc Microsoft and AWS aren't actually building new DCs here, they are renting space from local providers, not being transparent about it, and then suggesting they have invested in the UK and so customers should not be concerned about data location. Paul @ The Reg
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