Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has revealed that there are over 1,000 UK customers on the firm’s Azure platform hosted in newly opened data centres in the nation.
Nadella said at an event in London on Thursday attended by V3 that the data centres that came online last month have already proved hugely popular.
“In the first month of having data centres in the UK we've had 1,000 organisations already using the capability. We’re thrilled by how it’s being received across a broad spectrum of users, whether it's the public or private sector,” he said.
Nadella added that the numbers underline why the firm is creating a global cloud platform that can meet the specific local needs of customers.
“We comply with legitimate local requirements because that what it means for us to be a global company: to make a global cloud available that addresses the different needs of a global community,” he said.
Nadella also touched on why he believes the Azure platform is so fundamental to the future as digital transformation becomes a core ethos in almost all business sectors.
“Every customer is not just thinking about building or deploying one digital system. They themselves are digital companies, so if you are in retail, transport, manufacturing, any sector of the economy, you now have to start thinking of yourself as much as a digital business as a traditional industry,” he said.
Nadella also repeated his oft-discussed 'cloud first, mobile first' ethos that he has pushed since becoming CEO of Microsoft, explaining that this is core to the firm as the types of devices people use diversify.
“When I talk about mobile first I don’t mean on a single device. I mean mobility of the human experience across all computing because if one thing is clear it’s that we will have more computers in our lives in the future, not less,” he said.
“Large screen, small screen, sensors in every room, from the living room to the conference room, so the really pressing question is how is the experience we have with these computers is going to take place.”
Nadella said that this idea is being delivered with Windows 10, seeing it not just as an OS for one type of device but for many.
“Windows 10 is not an OS for a single device. Where we are going with Windows 10 is to build an OS for all your devices, from HoloLens and Xbox to PC,” he said.
Nadella's appearance in London followed an event in Dublin at which he announced that the company will open more data centres in 2017, this time in France.
It comes as Microsoft's cloud rivals Google and AWS are also expanding their cloud platforms. Google revealed plans to bring eight new locations online next year, including one in London.
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