Etisalat Digital and Microsoft partner for cloud solutions

05 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Etisalat Digital is partnering Microsoft in the UAE to provide government bodies, large enterprises and SMEs with digital solutions to support business transformation.

[Etisalat Digital and Microsoft during the launch event]

The announcement comes in time with the official launch of Microsoft’s cloud regions in the region. The newly launched cloud regions will offer services that include Azure, Office 365 and ExpressRoute, as well as data residency options for customers.

“Our collaboration with Microsoft perfectly fits our existing capabilities and positions Etisalat Digital as the digital enabler on the Microsoft local cloud, empowering our customers to move faster to the cloud, increase agility, accelerate innovation with enhanced service latency and performance,” said Salvador Anglada, group chief business officer, Etisalat.

“Microsoft’s trusted intelligent local cloud offering with world-class security and compliance combined with Etisalat’s own advanced infrastructure and reliable connectivity and strong local presence address the digital transformation needs of organisations in the country, which reinforces the UAE 2021 Vision of attaining the global top position in smart services,” he added.

Through its strategic partnership with Microsoft spanning cloud, security and access services, Etisalat Digital can provide end-to-end solutions based on Microsoft’s intelligent and trusted cloud to government institutions, large enterprises, small-medium businesses and start-ups.

“This strategic collaboration between Microsoft and Etisalat Digital is an effort towards achieving a shared vision of enabling organisations in the UAE to accelerate their digital transformation journeys by embracing the cloud - and help them better engage their customers, empower employees, optimise operations and transform their  products and services,” added Sayed Hashish, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf.

“Etisalat Digital’s breadth of expertise within the IT ecosystem, in concert with the Microsoft intelligent cloud, are a perfect combination to provide an end-to-end digital solution to our mutual customers, empowering them to achieve more,” he continued.

Back in June, Microsoft and Oracle entered into a cloud interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.