Microsoft confirms plans for new cloud regions in Germany, Switzerland, UAE


Microsoft said the addition of more datacentre facilities means Azure now has the largest global presence of any public cloud provider. 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.

Middle East datacentres Announced in a news release today, the new datacentre locations reflect the ongoing growth in demand for Microsoft's cloud services.

"We are seeing significant demand from customers who want to expand their on-premise data lake into Microsoft Azure", said John Chirapurath, general manager of data platform marketing at Microsoft.

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Over the last three years, Microsoft has more than doubled the number of Azure regions available. Chinese expansion Separately today, Microsoft announced it will "reinforce" its long-term cooperation with its Chinese Azure partner 21Vianet. 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. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud and sees tremendous potential from Microsoft's intelligent cloud service from data centers.

"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.

With competition heating up among cloud computing service providers in the Middle East, Microsoft has revealed plans to establish data centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by 2019.