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Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East

Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East

The skyline of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

"This brings our data centre footprint to a total of 50 regions globally, and we believe that this is the largest of any major cloud provider", Hashish said.

The two data centres, the first ones by Microsoft in the region, will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

"We are seeing significant demand from customers who want to expand their on-premise data lake into Microsoft Azure", said John Chirapurath, general manager of data platform marketing at Microsoft.

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The new Swiss regions will be in Geneva and Zurich cantons, with services available by 2019. "I am excited about HCL's strong commitment to our cloud alliance as their Lab 21 will provide a platform for building and showcasing industry vertical and horizontal solutions with the Microsoft AI Platform and Microsoft Azure", said Michael Angiulo, CVP, Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft also is making Office 365 and Dynamics 365 available in more regions, offering users in-geo data residency in numerous 17 georgraphic regions in which these services are available. Already existing Microsoft office 365 customers will be able to opt-in to be moved to the local cloud regions in France starting from March 14th, 2018. Swisscom, which launched Microsoft Azure services past year, said it will work with the company to integrate its offering of Microsoft services from the new data centres. Etisalat is also consulting on migration and managed services to see to 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". The company has announced that they have chose to deliver the Microsoft cloud from their data center's located in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.