Microsoft's Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft's Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft now claims the world's largest network of connected cloud services servicing more than 20 million businesses and 1 billion customers. The giant has deepened their expertise in the Middle East particularly in Abu Dhabi and in Dubai. "We have seen a huge uptake in the demand for digital transformation from our customers in the region, so these data centres are created to aid them with their proximity and services offerings".

Microsoft also plans to open two cloud sites in Switzerland, in the Geneva and Zurich regions, and will add two new locations in Germany.

Over the last three years, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Azure regions available. "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 through "DRYiCE", our award-winning suite of AI solutions", said Kalyan Kumar, CVP and CTO-IT Services, HCL Technologies.

Microsoft can now deliver the Microsoft Cloud, comprising Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from these datacentres, while offering data residency options for customers.

Microsoft announced on Wednesday it will open two new data centres in the UAE, marking its first such foray into a growing market for cloud services in the Middle East. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud.

The race to open new markets in the Middle East is pegged to the region's pursuit of change, including the UAE's Vision 2021 to become a knowledge-based economy and Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 for economic growth.

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