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Microsoft confirms plans for new cloud regions in Germany, Switzerland, UAE

Microsoft confirms plans for new cloud regions in Germany, Switzerland, UAE

"The new cloud services enable customers to digitally transform their businesses empowered by Microsoft's global network and the latest innovative services while meeting their compliance requirements to store customer data in Germany", said Sabine Bendiek, Area Vice President, Microsoft Germany.

Microsoft announced plans for its first cloud data centers in the Middle East Wednesday, hoping to bring capacity online in that region in the near future.

The two data centres, the first ones by Microsoft in the region, will be located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We have long-standing expertise and deep local relationships in the Middle East. While cloud services can make protecting and backing up your data easier, this only matters if its aligned to the local laws of the company who wants to move from on-premises to the cloud. This new cloud offering will complement the options now available for customers today. "The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers". "Our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development".

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).

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Microsoft's cloud expansion has been full-steam ahead for several years with the company having 38 regions online with 12 additional regions announced.

The regulation will be made available from May 25th, 2018.

Over the last three years, we've more than doubled the number of Azure regions available.

Examples of companies taking advantage of the power that the cloud offers include Naval Energies, a global player in renewable marine energies, Astrimmo, a leading provider of housing services in France, and Ercom, a French company specializing in cybersecurity. Dynamics 365 is also set to follow in early 2019.


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