Microsoft's Adding new Data Centers in Europe and the Middle East

The skyline of Abu Dhabi UAE

"We have seen in the past couple of years that a lot of customers have increasingly put their trust in the Microsoft Cloud services, and once we crossed a certain threshold, we knew that we needed to have a data centre here that could help support their needs".

The company says this solution addresses the most critical enterprise security requirements for Microsoft Azure and empowers customers to build applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud with the peace of mind that their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and enterprise data are protected.

The company has announced that they have chose to deliver the Microsoft cloud from their data center's located in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates.

Investments into the UAE data centres expand on Microsoft's presence in the region for more than 20 years.

WANDisco has gained Microsoft One Commercial Partner Program co-sell status, which means it can now package its Fusion Live Data Platform with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform and tools.

Several big cloud computing players have revealed plans to establish data centers in the region recently, including Oracle and Amazon Web Services. "There are absolutely some customers that value data residency and it is essential". The company's engagement with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland, for example, has resulted in a deeper understanding of the local market, ultimately resulting in Microsoft's intent to be the first global cloud operator to introduce cloud regions in the country - specifically in Geneva and Zurich.

The types of worldwide 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.

According to Microsoft Gulf Regional General Manager Sayed Hashish, "Microsoft has been present in the Middle East for more than two decades and is deeply invested in the region in many ways".

"If it's economically viable, I'll be happy to talk to you", Keane said when asked about possible Antarctica or Arctic data centers.

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