IT bellwether, Microsoft will be opening its first data center in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the Middle East region. The company will available a number of its products including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 in the region by early 2019. The IT spending in the Middle East and North Africa region is recording a significant growth and is likely to grow by 3.4% in 2017, as per Gartner.
“We see enormous opportunity in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) for cloud technology to be the key driver of economic development, as well as provide sustainable solutions to many pressing issues such as youth employability, education and healthcare,” said Samer Abu-Ltaif, president of Microsoft Middle East Africa, in a press release issued by the company. “We will continue to work with governments and organizations across the region to accelerate their digital transformation, and I am excited about the role that our new data centers will play in this transformation.”
Cloud services are recording a huge growth across the globe so it is not surprising that the company looks at this as a growth area. Microsoft also made these products available in France recently. The company is also planning to enhance its presence in Germany with many cloud options.
Cloud services segment is also becoming very competitive and these measures are part of Microsoft’s efforts to beat competitors including Amazon Web Services and others. AWS is also planning to come up with data center in the ME region in the coming year. Besides Oracle is also likely to enhance its infrastructure in the MEA region. ME is at the forefront of new and innovative technologies and the region is seen as an early adopter of upcoming technologies concepts.