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SAS opens UK and German data centres in partnership with Microsoft

27 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Analytics firm SAS has announced the opening of further SAS data centres in the UK and Germany optimised for Microsoft Azure.

This follows the global strategic partnership established by the two companies earlier this year.

The partnership empowers the cloud by building on SAS’ Analytics and Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft Azure’s cloud offerings, in a bid to support a shared vision to further democratise AI and analytics.

Building on the global partnership, the new data centres have just opened in London and Frankfurt, bringing the total number to five with others already open in the US, Australia and Brazil.

More are set to open in various locations around the world over the coming months, according to the company.

“Together, Analytics and AI from SAS with the power of Microsoft Azure will underpin the new operating system for Digital Transformation,” explained Roderick Crawford, VP & Country Manager for SAS UK & Ireland.

“Despite all the economic uncertainty being driven by the global pandemic and Brexit, our joint commitment across the European Union, the UK and the rest of the world brings confidence to our current and future customers and partners that SAS is giving its customers a broad choice of data processing locations to meet their business needs and legal requirements.”

The company added that the pair are “giving customers a more seamless path to the cloud that provides faster access to SAS solutions and enables trusted decisions with analytics that everyone – regardless of skill level – can understand”.

This is set to include optimising SAS Viya, the latest release of the company’s cloud-native offering, for Azure as well as integrating SAS’ deep portfolio of industry solutions, from fraud to risk to retail, into the Azure Marketplace.