Keane declined to comment on whether Microsoft is building entirely new data centers in its newly announced regions or is leasing existing data center facilities to sell its cloud services.
"We have seen in the past couple of years that a lot of customers have increasingly put their trust in the Microsoft Cloud services, and once we crossed a certain threshold, we knew that we needed to have a data centre here that could help support their needs". The company will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from new datacentre locations, in addition to the options now available in Germany. By adopting the Microsoft Cloud, they will reap the benefits of greater scalability, improved agility, and the opportunity to develop new cloud-based solutions while remaining competitive. 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.
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".
According to McAfee, as organisations migrate from data centres to the clod, they need to take measure to ensure their use of cloud providers, such as Microsoft Azure, is safeguarded. Businesses operating in France now have the option to buy on-demand computing resources from Microsoft's Azure unit and also subscribe to its Office 365 workplace software, delivered from the cloud data center. "In areas like digital transformation, and the development of new intelligent services, our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development". Dynamics 365 is also set to follow in early 2019. Its Azure cloud is now in 42 regions globally.