Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365: Microsoft’s cloud just grew its reach with new regions

Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365: Microsoft’s cloud just grew its reach with new regions

Taking its cloud region count to 40, Microsoft will be offering its services from datacenters in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.

Microsoft says it will be opening two cloud facilities in South Africa, potentially beating AWS and Google to offering a datacenter presence on the continent.

However, Microsoft won’t be physically building its own datacenters, opting instead to colocate in existing data hubs to deliver Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from sites in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Microsoft says it has 500,000 cloud users in Africa, and the first customers will be able to connect to local servers in 2018. The presence will make South Africa the 15th country with a local Azure service, and reflects strong competition for cloud services.


Source: ZDNet

         


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