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In the cloud market share, Microsoft continues to take big and important leaps, now with a very innovative approach: Opening Azure Regions in Johannesburg and Cape Town (South Africa), where they will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 services. This region will be #40 in Microsoft Azure, no other cloud provider owns as many regions globally for their services.
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President in the Cloud and Enterprise Group from Microsoft, made this announcement and also added: “Few places in the world are as dynamic and diverse as Africa today. In this landscape, we see enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, support people across the continent who are working to transform their businesses, explore new entrepreneurship opportunities and help solve some of the world’s hardest problems”.
The region will be available in 2018, but no specific date is announced yet. Additionally, specific locations for the datacenters or detailed images about the area will not be revealed for obvious security reasons. Microsoft and partners in the Microsoft network already support important customers in Africa, which makes this announcement a strong move to expand their business. Some of the customers in the Africa region:
In Africa, Microsoft technologies provided to 728,000 small and mid-size organizations the possibility to go online to help them transform and modernize their businesses. With 17,000 of these companies using the 4Afrika hub to promote and grow their businesses.
The Microsoft Cloud is also helping Africans build job skills, with 775,000 trained on subjects ranging from digital literacy to software development. We anticipate the Microsoft Cloud from Africa will fuel extensive new opportunities for other 17,000 regional partners and customers alike.
Microsoft, Services by Augusto Alvarez