Microsoft have announced that they have opened a number of UK Azure Data Centres which allow them to provide public cloud services including Office 365 to industries...
At igroup, we’re happy to work with data centres across the whole globe, but for UK businesses there are quite a few benefits to using UK based AWS data centres that you may not be aware of.
The benefits of an AWS UK data centre
Before Amazon opened their AWS UK data centre in 2016, many sectors - especially those where data needed to be retained in the UK such as local government and healthcare - were restricted in terms of how they could use the cloud.
Now that this data centre has been introduced, it allows for a whole new scope of collaboration and cost efficiency than was previously possible and means that those within the public sector have the opportunity to make cost savings for both software and storage.
These benefits aren’t just available for the public sector. Using the UK based AWS data centre can be a big positive for many companies, especially those who have more complicated legal requirements in terms of where their data is maintained and stored. UK data centres can also help businesses to reduce the time it takes for their users to access information, as well as give the extra capacity they need to grow the business.
Many people don’t realise that there are different costs across different data centres and regions, so it’s always worth comparing a few different options before making a decision on where to store your data.
Where are these data centres located?
Although Amazon doesn't share exact locations for security purposes, there is an AWS UK data centre in the south of England (London), as well as one not too far away in the republic of Ireland.
What does AWS offer in the UK?
AWS has the largest global infrastructure footprint of any provider, with more AWS data centres being introduced at a significant rate. Although this global infrastructure gives you the opportunity to choose where and how you want to run your workloads, for the reasons above, you may choose to place yours within a UK data centre.
Amazon has recently introduced a virtual tour which allows visitors to take a look at how data centres work around the world, and how important security is to each aspect of it. Throughout the tour, you can find out more about the levels they go to to keep their customer’s information safe, including monitoring potential flood and seismic activity risks. With an infrastructure that is monitored 24/7, it’s no surprise that some of the most highly regulated organisations in the world choose to store their data with AWS cloud.
How igroup can help you with your cloud setup
At igroup, we’re the experts when it comes to improving performance and bringing down costs in AWS cloud. We have worked with hundreds of AWS environments and are able to provide you with the knowledge and guidance you need to make the most of your cloud provider. If you’d like to find out more, book a cloud assessment with us today.