Azure Backup and Site Recovery will now feature as part of Microsoft's cloud offering from its London, Durham and Cardiff facilities, allowing United Kingdom companies to securely host their data in the the same region.
The Redmond-based software company said that compared to other cloud providers, Azure Backup customers would only pay for the amount they actually use, with the option to increase and decrease the size when needed. You can extend your hosted private cloud services to hybrid cloud by delivering Azure services from your data center.
The company says its Azure Backup and Site Recovery features are now available across all its cloud regions within the UK.
Microsoft also added that all data would be encrypted during transmission and storage. The first creates three copies of stored data, which are then relocated to a paired datacentre in the same region, while the second allows companies to create a backup at a site hundreds of miles away from the original.
Microsoft hiked its United Kingdom cloud enterprise price on 1 January, but has quickly followed this up by reducing the price of several Azure virtual machine (VM) families and storage types.
The services, which have been widely available in U.S. data centres, represent the latest additions in a gradual rollout of features for the new United Kingdom cloud region.
In a blog post, the company also announced that it has made price reductions on several Azure Virtual Machine families and storage types.
Prices have been reduced on its Compute optimised instances, F series, which were down by 23 percent for Linux VM and 18 percent on Windows VM. "We hope this will further lower the barrier to entry for our customers and accelerate cloud transformation", he said.
Cloud rivals AWS and Google Cloud Platform have intensified their own pricing strategy, which involved lowering prices for some of their cloud services.
The price reduction comes just a few months after the company raised prices for some of its software and cloud services for United Kingdom customers.