Microsoft's Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East
Mar 14 2018 by Michele Stevens
"Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local datacenters were the logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents". The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the USA tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.
The data centers would allow customers of Microsoft - which competes with Amazon and Google in the $260 billion cloud-computing market - to keep data in Germany, which has relatively strict privacy laws. The Dynamics 365, however, will be available from early 2019. "The new cloud services enable customers to digitally transform their businesses empowered by Microsoft's global network and the latest innovative services while meeting their compliance requirements to store customer data in Germany", said Sabine Bendiek, Area Vice President, Microsoft Germany. The new announcement expands Azure regions to 50 regions across the globe, which includes plans for 12 new regions.
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"Our investments in Lab 21 toward developing deep competencies on Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence stack reinforces our commitment to bringing the power of superior Cloud and AI offerings to our customers around the world", said Kalyan Kumar, CVP & CTO - IT Services, HCL Technologies. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud.
Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat says, "This alliance reinforces the UAE 2021 vision to become one of the top knowledge-based economies in the world". We intend to be the first global cloud operator to introduce cloud regions in Switzerland, which will be in the cantons of Geneva and Zurich.