Microsoft expands their cloud options in Europe and in the Middle East

Microsoft also plans to open two cloud sites in Switzerland, in the Geneva and Zurich regions, and will add two new locations in Germany. 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. In addition, Microsoft Cloud services in France have reached general availability with Microsoft Office 365 today, and Dynamics 365 will follow in early 2019. Microsoft also said that it plans to deliver its first datacenters in the United Arab Emirates, which will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. By adopting the Microsoft Cloud, they will reap the benefits of greater scalability, improved agility, and the opportunity to develop new cloud-based solutions while remaining competitive. We strive to combine that knowledge with our cloud services to help public and private institutions scale to meet the tremendous economic growth and technological innovation in the country and across the region.

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. This new cloud offering will complement the options now available for customers today.

Microsoft has a long history of collaboration with various companies which are reliable.

Microsoft's cloud expansion has been full-steam ahead for several years with the company having 38 regions online with 12 additional regions announced.

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Office 365 and Dynamics 365 also continue to expand the data residency options for customers with 17 geographies announced.

"This brings our data centre footprint to a total of 50 regions globally, and we believe that this is the largest of any major cloud provider", Hashish said.

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.

  • Rita Burton