Microsoft's Cloud Is Expanding to Switzerland and the Middle East

Microsoft's Cloud Is Expanding to Switzerland and the Middle East

The telco is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the transition of Microsoft's business customers to the cloud.

Swisscom, which launched Microsoft Azure services previous year, said it will work with the company to integrate its offering of Microsoft services from the new data centres.

There will be two separate Middle East regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Microsoft also plans to introduce a new data center in Switzerland while expanding its presence in Germany and France, according to a company representative.

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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. As a result, cloud-computing companies are increasingly building facilities in these countries to better serve customers there and abide by local laws. "There are absolutely some customers that value data residency and it is essential". The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the USA tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.

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. "We are excited to collaborate with Finastra to deliver innovative financial services solutions powered by Microsoft Azure, underpinned by our investments in cloud security and regulatory compliance".

Speaking to Khaleej Times in an interview, Sayed Hashish, regional general manager of Microsoft in the Gulf region, said that the announcement is part of Microsoft's global strategy to expand its data centre footprint. The tradeoff is that they don't control the entire data centers and can't optimize them to be as power efficient as the massive data center facilities companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft operate in the U.S.

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