Microsoft to open two data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town

Africa will have Microsoft Cloud for the first time, with the first two data centres in South Africa. (Caroline Vakil, M&G)

Africa will have Microsoft Cloud for the first time, with the first two data centres in South Africa. (Caroline Vakil, M&G)

Microsoft has announced on Thursday that Microsoft Cloud will be delivered from Africa for the first time. Microsoft will be establishing two data centres in both Johannesburg and Cape Town in 2018, “with initial availability to ... cloud technologies, specifically Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365,” Julia White, corporate vice-president of Microsoft Azure and Security, said.

With the new establishment of these data centres, Microsoft Cloud will reach 40 regions globally - more than any other cloud provider globally.

“With more data centres, we’ll be able to provide as we do across the globe enterprise great reliability in performance that customers can bank their businesses on and run their most critical technology on as well as now with the data centres in Africa local data residency,” White added.

Microsoft could not disclose where these data centres would be, how much money would be invested in the project or when exactly the data centres would be built in 2018.

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