Its first Middle East data centers will be in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Microsoft said in a blog post. Microsoft cloud-computing products Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 will become available there in 2019.Microsoft also plans to open two cloud sites in Switzerland, in the Geneva and Zurich regions, and will add two new locations in Germany.
“We see enormous opportunity in MEA (Middle East and Africa) for cloud technology to be the key driver of economic development, as well as provide sustainable solutions to many pressing issues such as youth employability, education and healthcare,” Samer Abu-Ltaif, president of Microsoft Middle East Africa, said in a press release
Microsoft is planning to open its first data centers in the Middle East in 2019.
This will boost its cloud-computing presence in the region.
The centers will be based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The move follows recently-announced plans by Amazon to open its first data center in Bahrain.