Global enterprise software provider Micro Focus, has opened a new data center in the United Kingdom to offer IT Operations Management (ITOM) Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.
This new facility in Newbury, offers UK customers modern and cost-effective options to accelerate IT transformation and compliance with local data residency regulations. The move also allows Micro Focus to extend its reach in the UK market while ensuring its compliance with data residency regulations.
The Newbury-based data center will also supplement their cloud data center in Frankfurt, Germany and serve to extend their reach into one of biggest markets in the region. This new facility offers improved availability, security, and data sovereignty to UK customers. It is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to move away from private data center business and provide improved availability, security, and data sovereignty to its customers.
According to Gonzalo Usandizaga, worldwide ITOM GTM Leader at Micro Focus, the new data center enables customers to leverage cloud without challenges. It delivers proven security and certifications with the highest quality data center management without extra costs and overhead. This big step will enable customers in the country to access the following SaaS solutions:
- Asset Management X (AMX): A next-generation IT Asset Management (ITAM) solution that manages hardware, software, and portfolio assets.
- Data Center Automation: A solution that automates IT compliance and vulnerability risk management.
- Hybrid Cloud Management X(HCMX): A solution that offers cloud provisioning, compliance, and cost control.
- HCMX FinOps Express: A financial management solution that optimizes cloud costs, reduces wastage, and manages spending.
- Service Management Automation X(SMAX): A sophisticated ITSM solution that offers an easy and cost-effective way to modernize service management, improve IT agility, and manage costs and risks.
- Network Operations Management (NOM): A solution that provides troubleshooting, dashboards, and reports from OPTIC Data Lake.
- Operations Bridge: A comprehensive AIOps solution that enhances IT productivity and performance. It automates resource discovery and monitoring, event reduction, and remediation.
- Universal Discovery and Universal CMDB: Solutions for managing hybrid IT configurations. It discovers, maps, and manages IT configurations.
Micro Focus has been investing in geography-specific data centers to support the growth of its global ITOM customer base. The company reports is committed to customer data security and privacy, as evidenced by the extensive business continuity and disaster recovery plans in place. Additionally, encryption protocols prevent unauthorized access to databases, scripts, and data transfer.
The company’s flexible licensing and reporting policies enable customers to consume what they need when they need it and pay only for what they use. This approach has been popular with education and healthcare organizations that need cost-effective options to improve IT performance.
Ian Simmons, VP & GM UKI at Micro Focus, said the move would provide customers with an alternative public zone for their data to reside outside the EU but still within Western Europe. Simmons added that the new data center reaffirms Micro Focus’ commitment to investing in the region, giving customers the freedom to choose public cloud options and letting hyperscalers play to their strengths.
Micro Focus’ CyberRes division protects all its worldwide data centers with advanced security standards. All the company’s SaaS services are certified under ISO 27001 and SOC 2. The launch of the new public cloud data center aligns with the company’s strategy to move away from private data center business and work more closely with public cloud providers to enhance availability, scalability, and breadth of services for its customers.
With this new in-country data center, Micro Focus say their customers will be better able to comply with UK data sovereignty regulations. In particular, the company can now offer customers the ability to keep their IT operations management data within the country’s borders.
This may be particularly important for organizations that deal with sensitive data or that need to comply with specific regulations. The new data center is also expected to offer improved performance and reduced latency for customers in the UK and surrounding regions.
Micro Focus has been expanding its cloud offerings in recent years, with a particular focus on Saas solutions. The company’s ITOM SaaS solutions are designed to help organizations monitor and manage their IT environments more efficiently, while also reducing costs and improving the user experience.
By offering these solutions through a new in-country data center, Micro Focus says they are aiming to make it easier for UK customers to take advantage of these benefits without having to worry about data sovereignty or other compliance issues. This move is also likely to make Micro Focus more competitive with other cloud providers that already have a strong presence in the UK market.