Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Microsoft to deliver cloud services from new regional datacenters

Microsoft to deliver cloud services from new regional datacenters

The skyline of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

"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. Microsoft now claims the world's largest network of connected cloud services servicing more than 20 million businesses and 1 billion customers. Its Azure cloud is now in 42 regions globally. The Microsoft Cloud - comprising Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 - from Swiss datacenters is expected to be initially available in 2019.

Microsoft has confirmed plans to open its own cloud region in Germany and its first cloud sites in Switzerland and the Middle East.

Hashish also announced that Etisalat Digital will be working closely with Microsoft as a Cloud Solutions Provider, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud services using Azure Stack. Etisalat is also consulting on migration and managed services to see to the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud.

Microsoft Cloud customers now include some of the biggest corporate names in the region, including Emirates Group, Emaar Properties, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Landmark Group, Daman Insurance, RAK Ceramics, Imdaad, Gulf Air, Viva, Kuwait Finance House and Dubai World Trade Centre.

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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