Microsoft expands the Cloud - including Swiss Datacenters


That followed a few quarters of slower investment as Microsoft filled data centers it had already built.

In addition, the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, according to a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft is planning to open up two cloud computing centres in Germany, industry sources have told German business publications WirtschaftsWoche (WiWo) and Handelsblatt.

Switzerland will get two new datacenters in Geneva and Zurich, which are primarily due to Microsoft's engagement with financial institutions in the region.

Microsoft announced plans for its first cloud data centers in the Middle East Wednesday, hoping to bring capacity online in that region in the near future. Microsoft, which now has 42 Azure cloud regions, is racing Amazon Web Services to add new areas as both companies aim to store information and applications closer to customers.

As fast as the network connections are between modern cloud data centers, customers will see much better performance from regions close to their customers or employees. Microsoft Dynamics 365 will be available in early 2019.

Microsoft Cloud customers now include some of the biggest corporate names in the region, including Emirates Group, Emaar Properties, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Landmark Group, Daman Insurance, RAK Ceramics, Imdaad, Gulf Air, Viva, Kuwait Finance House and Dubai World Trade Centre. We've announced a goal to be in 50 regions across the globe, including plans for 12 new regions.

An increasing number of start-ups in the region are also building their businesses on Microsoft Cloud.