Cloud computing is often cheaper and more efficient than using aging private servers However restrictions on where companies can hold data and how secure the data is, has prevented organisations from moving their businesses into the cloud, which often involves transferring data away from the country of origin.
We have been offering ReACT as a hosted solution for a few years now, as a very cost effective alternative to hosting your solution on your office based servers. Microsoft’s Azure Cloud was the platform of choice for us, as it offered the best security and compliance with national, regional, and industry-specific requirements governing the collection and use of individuals’ data.
In fact, Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings and certifications of any cloud service provider.
As Microsoft opens its first UK-based data centres in London, Cardiff and Durham. The centres, which will power the company’s online computing services in the UK, will allow businesses and government bodies to ensure their customers’ and citizens’ information is kept in the country when using Microsoft’s Azure.
The Ministry of Defence and the NHS Trust Foundation, both of which have now started using Microsoft’s UK-based cloud, would previously not have been able to store their data on Azure because it would have been outside of the UK.
In the case of the MOD, it is moving its computing from the secure military network it has used for the last decade, to data centres owned by Microsoft. They have started using Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure Cloud for its computing rather than the legacy internal servers and Microsoft software that it has used since 2005.
As both trust and security are core fundamentals of ASB case management, it is reassuring to know that ReACT’s core data stays in the UK, and that Microsoft’s UK cloud region means that demonstrating regulatory and legal compliance is simpler.
Microsoft, which has more than 100 data centres across the world, is the first international company to build complete cloud data centres in the UK, Google by comparison has 15 data centres, with its European hubs based in Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland.
As the UK government negotiates leaving the European Union, it is not yet clear how Brexit will affect data sharing between the UK, the European Union and the rest of the world, but whatever the outcome, it’s reassuring to know your ReACT data is in the safest hands available.