March 18, 2018

Microsoft expands the Cloud - including Swiss Datacenters

14 March 2018, 11:14 | Lucia Cruz

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

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Microsoft yesterday announced that it would be adding new data centers and expanding its cloud services in Europe and the Middle East. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud and sees tremendous potential from Microsoft's intelligent cloud service from data centers.

The Microsoft Cloud will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance as well as data residency from datacenters, targeting an initial availability of 2019. "This will accelerate new investments and job opportunities across the Middle East".

"Many customers with particularly sensitive needs, for example in the public sector, prefer our German cloud offering".

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In Switzerland, data centers will be opened in Geneva and Zurich, and are a response to Microsoft's "engagement with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland". With this milestone, Microsoft is empowering organizations like Naval Energies - a global player in renewable marine energies; Astrimmo - a leading provider of housing services in France; and Ercom - a French company specializing in cybersecurity, with greater scalability, agility and the opportunity to develop new cloud-based solutions.

Microsoft Cloud customers now include some of the biggest corporate names in the region, including Emirates Group, Emaar Properties, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Landmark Group, Daman Insurance, RAK Ceramics, Imdaad, Gulf Air, Viva, Kuwait Finance House and Dubai World Trade Centre.

Microsoft delivers the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry and in the last 3 years they have doubled the number of Azure regions available.

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