Microsoft to build cloud data centres in Africa
Web scaler’s footprint to grow to 40 cloud regions worldwide, with the company operating data centres in every continent.
Microsoft has become the first major web scaler to announce the construction of data centres in Africa in an historical move for the continent.
The company said it will begin to deliver its cloud solutions by 2018 from two data centres located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Part of the services to be offered from the hubs are Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365.
Microsoft highlighted the data centres will not only benefit South African enterprises, but also users across the continent with the option of data residency in South Africa.
Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft, said: “We are excited by the growing demand for cloud services in Africa and their ability to be a catalyst for new economic opportunities.
“With cloud services ranging from intelligent collaboration to predictive analytics, the Microsoft Cloud delivered from Africa will enable developers to build new and innovative apps, customers to transform their businesses, and governments to better serve the needs of their citizens.”
With the introduction of these new cloud regions, Microsoft has now announced 40 regions around the world.
IDC’s senior research manager for MEA Jon Tullett, said that by establishing hyperscale cloud data centre capacity in South Africa, Microsoft is directly addressing customers’ concerns, and demonstrating commitment to the delivery of cloud services within the country and the region as a whole.
“The presence of local facilities will be greatly encouraging to South African customers, particularly those in regulated industries such as financial services and the public sector where data sovereignty concerns are paramount,” he said.
“This is a strongly positive development for the cloud industry in Africa, and particularly Microsoft’s ecosystem of partners, ISVs and customers.”
In addition to the South African data centres, Microsoft is also readying the launch of facilities in Arizona (US), Texas (US) and two data centres in France.