Microsoft expands cloud services in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft’s corporate vice president has revealed that its to grow its cloud computing operations by opening its first data centres in the Middle East and expanding centres in Europe.

The firm will be opening its Middle East data centre in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, making its cloud computing products Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 available to access there in 2019.

Jason Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, wrote in Microsoft’s blog: “I’m thrilled to share that we plan to deliver the Microsoft Cloud from our first data centre locations in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, and we’ll expand the cloud options for customers in Germany.

‘Data centres in a given geography’

“I’m also excited to reveal that the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, and Dynamics 365 will follow in early 2019.

“By delivering the comprehensive, intelligent Microsoft Cloud – comprising Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 – from data centres in a given geography, we offer scalable, available and resilient cloud services for companies and organisations while meeting data residency, security and compliance needs.

“Microsoft has deep expertise protecting data and empowering customers around the globe to meet extensive security and privacy requirements, including offering the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry.

The European Market

The American multinational technology company will also be introducing cloud regions in Switzerland and expanding its presence in Germany.

Zander continued: “In Europe, we’re continuing to expand our substantial cloud footprint in response to customer demand and to address the needs of some of the world’s leading industries and organisations.

“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.

“The two new regions will provide enterprise-grade reliability, performance and business continuity combined with data residency within Germany and connectivity to Microsoft’s global public cloud network.”

Written by Leah Alger