Microsoft yesterday announced that it would be adding new data centers and expanding its cloud services in Europe and the Middle East. Microsoft, which now has 42 Azure cloud regions, is racing Amazon Web Services to add new areas as both companies aim to store information and applications closer to customers.
The announcement blog post also announces that Microsoft Cloud in France has officially opened.
The datacenters will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and will be connected to Microsoft's global cloud infrastructure with initial availability is expected to be in 2019. We have long-standing expertise and deep local relationships in the Middle East. This new cloud offering will complement the options now available for customers today.
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Switzerland will get two new datacenters in Geneva and Zurich, which are primarily due to Microsoft's engagement with financial institutions in the region.
In contrast to the Microsoft Cloud Deutschland, the company's two new cloud computing centres reportedly will be part of Microsoft's global cloud network, in an effort to target more worldwide companies, said WiWo. "Our work with HCL has been centered around building solutions that will drive significant value and help our customers transition to the cloud", said Michael Angiulo, CVP - Microsoft Corp. Also starting March 14, existing Office 365 customers from France and French territories will be able to opt-in to be moved to the local cloud regions in France.
The regulation will be made available from May 25th, 2018. As of today, Azure has more regions than any other cloud provider. The two products are the only productivity and business application platforms that can offer in-geo data residency across such a broad set of locations.