Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East


The expansion is the result of customer demand, showing Microsoft is following their money and further pushing to compete with Amazon and Google in the cloud wars.

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. The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the USA tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.

As more data retention laws are signed, having local data centers strategically located throughout the world will become a strength of Microsoft's cloud services. "In areas like digital transformation, and the development of new intelligent services, our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development".

"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.

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The cloud-computing sites are expected to be available by 2019, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud. We intend to be the first global cloud operator to introduce cloud regions in Switzerland, which will be in the cantons of Geneva and Zurich.

Microsoft today announced plans to deliver its Microsoft Cloud services to the region from the company's first datacenters located in the Middle East.

An increasing number of start-ups in the region are also building their businesses on Microsoft Cloud.