Sunday 23 June 2019
Microsoft has opened its first data center regions in the Middle East. The American technology giant announced that the cloud regions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are now directly delivering Microsoft cloud services in the Middle East.
Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 will now be available from the new data centres, forming part of a growing portfolio of integrated cloud infrastructure, platform, data, application, and collaboration services.
Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, offering business applications and tools, are anticipated to be available from the cloud regions in UAE by the end of 2019.
The company had first announced its plans to open cloud regions in the Middle East in March 2018.
The move comes amid a growing trend of Middle East organizations moving their IT infrastructure to cloud. According to a recent study by Microsoft, 70 percent of organizations in the Middle East are planning to move to cloud in the coming year.
Microsoft cited a study by International Data Corporation (IDC) that the cloud and Microsoft ecosystem is set to create more than half a million jobs in the Middle East by 2022.