Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Microsoft expands the Cloud - including Swiss Datacenters

Finastra and Microsoft join hands for cloud-based financial services software US tech giant picks UAE for first Middle East data hubs
Frank Williams | 14 March, 2018, 23:14

"In areas like digital transformation, and the development of new intelligent services, our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development".

The data centers would allow customers of Microsoft - which competes with Amazon and Google in the $260 billion cloud-computing market - to keep data in Germany, which has relatively strict privacy laws.

Microsoft delivers the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry and in the last 3 years they have doubled the number of Azure regions available. We've announced a goal to be in 50 regions across the globe, including plans for 12 new regions.

Trump's Central Intelligence Agency pick is career spymaster who oversaw secret prison
Trump felt no need to interview additional candidates for the Central Intelligence Agency director post after meeting with Pompeo. Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil chief, had a series of public rifts with the White House after being appointed a year ago .

"Our investments in Lab 21 toward developing deep competencies on Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence stack reinforces our commitment to bringing the power of superior Cloud and AI offerings to our customers around the world", said Kalyan Kumar, CVP & CTO - IT Services, HCL Technologies.

Although Microsoft does not reveal earnings by region, past year it reported that the Middle East and Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world for its cloud computing business. "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". "WANdisco Fusion enables continuous data replication for Microsoft Azure and HDInsight customers who also want to maintain on-premise consistency at scale". Also starting March 14, existing Office 365 customers from France and French territories will be able to opt-in to be moved to the local cloud regions in France.

With competition heating up among cloud computing service providers in the Middle East, Microsoft has revealed plans to establish data centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by 2019.

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