Microsoft to add new data centers in Europe and Middle East

Ivan Schwartz
March 15, 2018

Microsoft has unveiled their plans to deliver an intelligent, trusted Microsoft Cloud from its very first datacenters located in the Middle East. Microsoft aims to use these datacenters to empower organizations, governments, and businesses to achieve more with what they have and truly take the next step towards bringing their workings into the digital age.

Switzerland will get two new datacenters in Geneva and Zurich, which are primarily due to Microsoft's engagement with financial institutions in the region.

We're deepening our investment in the Middle East with these first cloud regions, which will be in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Over the last three years, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Azure regions available.

The two new regions will help provide companies with enterprise-grade reliability combined with data residency within Germany.

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In addition, the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, according to a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft's new regional data centers will improve access to its cloud computing service Azure for local customers.

The types of global companies that want to store data within their country while using cloud services tend to be heavily regulated companies like insurance providers, financial services firms, and healthcare companies, he explained.

In France, the Microsoft Cloud is now open to thousands of customers, partners and ISVs with today's general availability of both Azure and Office 365. "Our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development". Its Azure cloud is now in 42 regions globally. Dynamics 365 is also set to follow in early 2019.

By delivering Microsoft cloud from data centers in a given geography, Microsoft will continue to fulfill their data security and compliance needs to the companies.

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