Microsoft to add new data centers in Europe and Middle East

Finastra and Microsoft join hands for cloud-based financial services software

In Switzerland, Microsoft plans to build datacenters in the cantons of Geneva and Zurich.

The two data centres, the first ones by Microsoft in the region, will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are available today with Dynamics 365 following early next year.

The new data centers underscores how cloud computing giants like Amazon (amzn), Microsoft, Google (goog), and IBM (ibm) are spending billions of dollars building out their infrastructure across the world so they can sell their technologies to non-U.S. customers.

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. By adopting the Microsoft Cloud, they will reap the benefits of greater scalability, improved agility, and the opportunity to develop new cloud-based solutions while remaining competitive. Microsoft said this is a first for an worldwide cloud provider to have a local site in Switzerland, and the move follows consultation with local financial service providers about their needs.

Although Microsoft does not reveal earnings by region, past year it reported that the Middle East and Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world for its cloud computing business. In addition, the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 in France has also been announced. Its Azure cloud is now in 42 regions globally. With each data center costing upwards of a billion dollars, this isn't a small investment and considering that the company's cloud services are driving the largest growth on the balance sheet, it's obvious why the company is bringing these new regions online. Each datacenter geography, or geo, delivers a consistent experience, backed by robust policies, controls and systems to help keep data safe and help comply with local and regional regulations.



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