Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

Marcus Newton
March 15, 2018

The company has announced that they have made a decision to deliver the Microsoft cloud from their data center's located in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

In Switzerland, Microsoft plans to build datacenters in the cantons of Geneva and Zurich.

Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is closely working with Microsoft to ensure efficient implementation of Cloud Solutions, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud servers. The company will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from new datacentre locations, in addition to the options now available in Germany.

The partnership means Microsoft's Azure customers can take advantage of WANdisco's Fusion continuous data replication technology across both on-premise and cloud environments for their on-demand data analytics and offsite disaster recovery implementations.

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The new data centers underscores how cloud computing giants like Amazon (amzn), Microsoft, Google (goog), and IBM (ibm) are spending billions of dollars building out their infrastructure across the world so they can sell their technologies to non-U.S. customers. "The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers".

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. "This will accelerate new investments and job opportunities across the Middle East". Microsoft said this is a first for an worldwide cloud provider to have a local site in Switzerland, and the move follows consultation with local financial service providers about their needs. As of today, Azure has more regions than any other cloud provider.

Office 365 and Dynamics 365 also continue to expand the data residency options for customers with 17 geographies announced.

By delivering Microsoft cloud from data centers in a given geography, Microsoft will continue to fulfill their data security and compliance needs to the companies.

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