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Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East

Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East

Additionally, Microsoft said it would open new cloud data centers in Germany to better serve customers in the country, confirming earlier reports by German news outlets WirtschaftsWoche and Handelsblatt.

Swisscom, which launched Microsoft Azure services a year ago, said it will work with the company to integrate its offering of Microsoft services from the new data centres. Microsoft faces tough competition in the cloud arena, and ensuring that customers can get access to compute resources where they're most convenient is critical to staying competitive with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and other firms.

There will be two separate Middle East regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Microsoft also plans to introduce a new data center in Switzerland while expanding its presence in Germany and France, according to a company representative. The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the US tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.

The two centres will deliver Microsoft Cloud - comprising Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 - services from data centres located in the two emirates with initial availability expected in 2019. By adopting the Microsoft Cloud, they will reap the benefits of greater scalability, improved agility, and the opportunity to develop new cloud-based solutions while remaining competitive.

Microsoft today also announced the general availability of Azure and Microsoft 365 in France. Its Azure cloud is now in 42 regions globally.

"We are convinced that this opening is the beginning of a new adventure - one in which we want as many French organizations and companies as possible to embark on, in order to accelerate the digital transformation of our ecosystem", states Carlo Purassanta, General Manager, Microsoft France.

"We see a lot of demand from small and medium businesses as well as large enterprises for these services, and local datacentres are the logical next step given the enormous opportunity". The future is open to us.


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