15 March 2018
| James Pearce
Microsoft is looking to launch its first data centres in the Middle East region by early 2019.
The tech giant will open data centres in Dubai and Abu
Dhabi, offering cloud-based services including Azure, Office
365 and Dynamics 365, as well as data residency options for
customers, according to reports from the region.
Sayed Hashish, regional manager for Microsoft Gulf, told
Gulf News that the UAE launch is part of a wider expansion that
will see Microsoft launch four new facilities globally. The
others will be in France, Germany and Switzerland.
"The data centres that are being created will be resourced,
managed and run by Microsoft and offer full intelligent cloud
with Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365," he said.
"We have been in the Middle East for more than 20 years and
are committed to the region. The decision to have the data
centres now comes from the opportunities arising from the
digital transformation in the region and address some of our
customers such as health care, government and public
sectors’ need to have local data residency."
The report claims the centres are most likely to be leased
from Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, which is
also a Cloud Solutions Provider for Microsoft.
Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat says,
"This alliance reinforces the UAE 2021 vision to become one of
the top knowledge-based economies in the world. Our
collaboration with Microsoft perfectly fits our existing
capabilities and positions Etisalat Digital as the leading
partner for our customers’ digital transformation
"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."
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