The Ministry of Defence has announced it is moving away from it’s Defence Information Infrastructure (DII), the secure military network it has used for the last decade to brand new UK-based data centres owned by Microsoft. From today the MoD will use Microsoft’s Office 365 and Azure services rather than invest in updating its legacy server estate.
The announcement comes as Microsoft opens its first UK-based data centres in London and Cardiff. The move by Microsoft will allow UK businesses and government bodies to ensure their customers’ and citizens’ information is kept in the UK’s data jurisdiction when using Microsoft’s Azure and Office 365 services.
“Right from the start I’ve felt that for defence the only appropriate place to have our data was here in the UK,” said Mike Stone, the MoD’s chief digital and information officer. “Technically our data could be held anywhere in the European economic area, but I wouldn’t ever want to be in a position where we had data being held elsewhere and this coming under scrutiny.”
This partnership between the UK Ministry of Defence and Microsoft further exemplifies the levels of investment in physical and virtual security being put into Microsoft’s data centres to a level that can rarely be matched by any other hyper-scale vendor. This move by the Ministry of Defence sends a strong message to those businesses in the private sector still debating cloud, specifically regarding security concerns.
Extrinsica Global are specialists in the design, build, deployment and on-going aftercare of complex solutions deployed on Microsoft’s Azure cloud fabric. From bespoke hybrid deployments to large scale Office 365 solutions for customers. We also have our own UK-based cloud fabric for those customers requiring elements of the IT estate to remain on dedicated, private infrastructure.
– The Extrinsica Global Team