In a move designed to cater for those organisations that are bound by the various data protection regulations that prohibit certain data to be held outside of the UK border, a new Windows Azure Data Center is to open within the first half of 2011 in Stevenage in the UK. It’s not a Microsoft Data Center, Fujitsu will own and operate the service using the Windows Azure Appliance (WAPA) and offer the services independently of Microsoft, however this is all part of a strategic partnership between Microsoft and a number of other companies, including Dell.

Read the announcement here.

This also paves the way for targeted services to move applications to the UK-based cloud, possibly making it easier for customers to move their applications to Windows Azure.

 

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