By Liam Tung | September 7, 2016 -- 10:10 GMT (03:10 PDT) | Topic: Cloud Microsoft, which announced its UK plans in November, is launching with agreements from the UK Ministry of Defence and mental health agency the South London Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, to adopt its cloud services.
The MoD, which has 250,000 users, will use Office 365 and Azure cloud services, according to Microsoft, while the Trust will be using Microsoft's Azure services to support staff and health specialists who work remotely and in the community.
Both organizations notably hold sensitive information, which illustrates why Microsoft is investing in the new regions that of course also will be able to serve London's massive financial services industry.
"These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet their customers' needs, the regulatory requirements they are held to, and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity," Microsoft cloud and enterprise corporate VP Takeshi Numoto said in a statement.
The UK regions will help Microsoft compete with AWS, which has also announced that a new UK region will come online by the end of 2016 or early 2017, joining its existing Dublin and Frankfurt regions.