Microsoft now claims the world's largest network of connected cloud services servicing more than 20 million businesses and 1 billion customers.
"We see a lot of demand from small and medium businesses as well as large enterprises for these services, and local datacentres are the logical next step given the enormous opportunity".More news: Ex-President Lee Faces Questioning in Corruption Probe
In Switzerland, data centers will be opened in Geneva and Zurich, and are a response to Microsoft's "engagement with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland". 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. Chinese expansion Separately today, Microsoft announced it will "reinforce" its long-term cooperation with its Chinese Azure partner 21Vianet.
Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud services using Azure Stack.More news: Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent in Milwaukee advances toward Beard Award
The announcement blog post also announces that Microsoft Cloud in France has officially opened. Etisalat is also providing consulting, migration and managed services to ensure the smooth transition of business customers to the cloud and sees tremendous potential from Microsoft's intelligent cloud service from data centers.
Microsoft plans to open data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East, as the software maker seeks to capitalise on the region's growing demand for digitisation.More news: Miley Cyrus Is Being Sued Over Her 2013 Single 'We Can't Stop'
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.
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