Microsoft has announced that UK organisations can now back-up data in its UK data centres as part of its Azure cloud platform.
The service, called Azure Backup, will ensure customers can use an off-site backup but without the risk of their data being sent to another jurisdiction.
Microsoft said customers would only pay for the amount they store, rather than having to buy tiers of use, and this can scale up and down as demand dictates.
It also touted that data would be encrypted during transmission to the site and while in storage while it also offers a Site Recovery service so on-site data can be replicated in the Azure system for back-up and recovery purposes.
Mark Smith, senior director of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, said the launch of the service would ensure more businesses could benefit from its Azure platform.
"With Azure Backup and Site Recovery, Microsoft customers can be confident that their information is safe, secure and available whenever and wherever they need it," he said, adding that many major customers are already using the facilities.
"These features add to the fantastic services already being offered from Microsoft's UK data centres, which are being utilised by the government and other major organisations in this country because of the transparency, security and compliance they offer."
The launch comes a few months after Microsoft opened its first UK Azure data centres, in Cardiff, Durham and London, to host both the Azure cloud platform and its Office 365 productivity suite.
Numerous high-profile organisations have already started using these services, including the Ministry of Defence, Aston Martin, Capita and Rosslyn Analytics.
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