Microsoft to deliver the intelligent cloud from new data centers in the Middle East

Microsoft today revealed plans to deliver the intelligent, trusted Microsoft Cloud from its first datacenters located in the Middle East, empowering organizations, governments, and businesses to achieve more and recognizing the unprecedented opportunity for digital transformation in the region.

The Microsoft Cloud, comprising Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance, combined with data residency, from datacenters located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai with initial availability expected in 2019. Microsoft’s deep expertise in data protection, security and privacy, including the broadest set of compliance certifications in the industry, means customers in the region can accelerate their digital transformation knowing they have a trusted partner. Each new datacenter will adhere to Microsoft’s trusted cloud principles and becomes part of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world, already serving more than a billion customers and 20 million businesses.

“Today’s announcement marks the second data center expansion for Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa in less than a year,” says Samer Abu-Ltaif, President of Microsoft Middle East Africa. “The Microsoft data centers in South Africa, together with this expansion in the UAE, highlight our ongoing commitment to the region, where we have invested for more than twenty years. We see enormous opportunity in MEA for cloud technology to be the key driver of economic development, as well as provide sustainable solutions to many pressing issues such as youth employ ability, education and healthcare. We will continue to work with governments and organizations across the region to accelerate their digital transformation, and I am excited about the role that our new data centers will play in this transformation.”

Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is collaborating closely with Microsoft as a Cloud Solutions Provider, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft Express Route as well as private cloud services using Azure Stack. 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 served from state-of-the-art data centers. Salvador Anglada, Chief Business Officer, Etisalat says, “This alliance reinforces the UAE 2021 vision to become one of the top knowledge-based economies in the world. Our collaboration with Microsoft perfectly fits our existing capabilities and positions Etisalat Digital as the leading partner for our customers’ digital transformation journey. The strength of Microsoft’s cloud combined with Etisalat’s own advanced infrastructure and reliable connectivity will be instrumental in accelerating cloud adoption in the UAE and the Middle East.”



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