As fast as the network connections are between modern cloud data centers, customers will see much better performance from regions close to their customers or employees.
The centers will be located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Microsoft is planning to offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from new datacentre locations, in addition to the options now available in Germany.
Microsoft also announced plans to open other data centres simultaneously in Switzerland, France, and Germany. "Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local datacenters were the logical next step in given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents".
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The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the US tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.
Over the last three years, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Azure regions available.
Microsoft today also announced the general availability of Azure and Microsoft 365 in France. "Our investments in "Lab 21" toward developing deep competencies on Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence stack reinforces our commitment to bringing the power of superior Cloud and AI offerings to our customers through "DRYiCE", our award-winning suite of AI solutions", said Kalyan Kumar, CVP and CTO-IT Services, HCL Technologies.
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The company counts organisations such as The Emirates Group, Emaar Properties, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, among its clients that will benefit with its new announcement.
"The strength of Microsoft's cloud combined with Etisalat's own advanced infrastructure and reliable connectivity will be instrumental in accelerating cloud adoption in the UAE and the Middle East", said Salvador Anglada, chief business officer, Etisalat.
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