Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

Swisscom, which launched Microsoft Azure services previous year, said it will work with the company to integrate its offering of Microsoft services from the new data centres.

Developed at an undisclosed but "significant investment", the new facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai tap into Microsoft's network of over 50 data centres around the world, and will allow the tech giant and its network of 17,800 partners in the Middle East to provide a host of cloud related solutions to new and existing customers looking to modernise their operations.

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.

"Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local datacenters were the logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents", says Sayed Hashish, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf. The company's Dynamics 365 customer relationship management software will be available in early 2019. Microsoft is planning to offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from new datacentre locations, in addition to the options now available in Germany.

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

Examples of companies taking advantage of the power that the cloud offers include Naval Energies, a global player in renewable marine energies, Astrimmo, a leading provider of housing services in France, and Ercom, a French company specializing in cybersecurity.

Office 365 and Dynamics 365 also continue to expand the data residency options for customers with 17 geographies announced. "We now know that cloud, while shown encouraging signs, is still at its infancy, and has a lot of opportunity and potential". The future is open to us. That movement is just getting going within the mature tech economies of the world, and probably will take some time to reach emerging tech economies, but we might see emerging economics adopt new technologies more quickly than their counterparts in the USA or Europe simply because they don't have any legacy baggage to overcome.

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