Microsoft to Open Datacenters in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

The skyline of Abu Dhabi UAE

The skyline of Abu Dhabi UAE

The skyline of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Microsoft has announced it is setting up two data centres in the UAE, in partnership with Etisalat.

Sayed Hashish, regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf, said the local datacentres were a logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents in the region, as well as the company's growing cloud customer base. Our engagement with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland over the past several years has led to a deeper understanding of the market and the opportunity for locally delivered, trusted enterprise cloud services to meet their unique requirements.

There will be two separate Middle East regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Microsoft also plans to introduce a new data center in Switzerland while expanding its presence in Germany and France, according to a company representative. "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.

Over the last three years, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Azure regions available. "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. The new announcement expands Azure regions to 50 regions across the globe, which includes plans for 12 new regions. 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.

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