Microsoft to build first Middle East data centres in UAE

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

Microsoft has unveiled their plans to deliver an intelligent, trusted Microsoft Cloud from its very first datacenters located in the Middle East. Microsoft aims to use these datacenters to empower organizations, governments, and businesses to achieve more with what they have and truly take the next step towards bringing their workings into the digital age.

The cloud-computing sites are expected to be available by 2019, the Redmond, Washington-based company said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. As fast as the network connections are between modern cloud data centers, customers will see much better performance from regions close to their customers or employees.

There will be two separate Middle East regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and Microsoft also plans to introduce a new data center in Switzerland while expanding its presence in Germany and France, according to a company representative. 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.

The 1st datacenters located in the Middle East will empower organizations governments and businesses to achieve more
The 1st datacenters located in the Middle East will empower organizations governments and businesses to achieve more

Microsoft had deep local contacts and relationships in the Middle East and they wanted to help the public and private institutions meet the tremendous growth and technological innovation that is taking place in the country and all over the world. "Our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development".

"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", said Salvador Anglada, chief business officer, Etisalat.