United States tech giant picks UAE for first Middle East data hubs

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US tech giant picks UAE for first Middle East data hubs

The company plans to deliver its first datacentres in Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, while expanding its cloud offering for customers in Germany. Besides other exciting news, we just announced to open a Swiss region with two data centers in the Cantons Geneva and Zurich.

This new cloud offering will complement the existing options now available for customers which include global services delivered from outside of Germany and the Microsoft Cloud Germany, which offers a unique cloud model that is physically and logically separated from Microsoft's global infrastructure and managed under a data trustee.

Additionally, Microsoft said it would open new cloud data centers in Germany to better serve customers in the country, confirming earlier reports by German news outlets WirtschaftsWoche and Handelsblatt.

Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is closely working with Microsoft to ensure efficient implementation of Cloud Solutions, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud servers.

In addition, the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, according to a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.

"This brings our data centre footprint to a total of 50 regions globally, and we believe that this is the largest of any major cloud provider", Hashish said. "This will accelerate new investments and job opportunities across the Middle East". "We now know that cloud, while shown encouraging signs, is still at its infancy, and has a lot of opportunity and potential". That movement is just getting going within the mature tech economies of the world, and probably will take some time to reach emerging tech economies, but we might see emerging economics adopt new technologies more quickly than their counterparts in the USA or Europe simply because they don't have any legacy baggage to overcome.

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