Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

Microsoft will open first Middle East data centers in 2019

And, marking Microsoft's first entry into the Middle East, the UAE regions will be located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Microsoft has a long history of collaborating with customers to navigate evolving business needs and has developed strategies to help customers prepare for the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Microsoft's cloud customers in the region include companies such as Emirates Group, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts and Landmark Group, among others.

In France, new datacentres in Paris and Marseille mark Microsoft's commitment to the region, opening the Microsoft Cloud to thousands of customers, partners and ISVs, with the general availability of both Azure and Office 365 providing empowering opportunities for countless organisations.

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The partnership will see Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's enterprise-ready cloud platform, underpinning as Finastra's strategic cloud platform.

Microsoft announced this week that it plans to expand its Azure footprint with new data center in Europe and the Middle East.

Microsoft also plans to open two cloud sites in Switzerland, in the Geneva and Zurich regions, and will add two new locations in Germany.

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HCL leverages its global network of integrated co-innovation labs and global delivery capabilities to provide holistic multi service delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Media, Publishing, Entertainment, Retail & CPG, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Energy & Utilities, Travel, Transportation & Logistics and Government. The data centers would be Microsoft's first in the region, making the US tech giant the latest cloud service provider to invest in the digital infrastructure in the Arab world.

HCL Technologies ( is a leading global IT services company that helps global enterprises re imagine and transform their businesses through digital technology transformation. The two companies are expanding Azure capacity in China, with an expectation to triple it "in the first half of 2018".

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