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Microsoft Opens Two New Datacenters in Africa with General Availability of Microsoft Azure

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Mar 15, 2019 5:00 AM 1+ mon ago

Microsoft Opens Two New Datacenters in Africa with General Availability of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft announced its first data centers in Africa, with the general availability of their cloud service Azure being announced here. Microsoft becomes the first public cloud provider to deliver cloud services in Africa.

Since 2013 Microsoft has been investing in Africa, with for instance its 4Afrika initiative, where Microsoft is working with governments, partners, start-ups and youth to develop more affordable access to the internet and locally relevant technology. Furthermore, Microsoft have expanded their datacenters to every continent, including now Africa, with two new data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg (South-Africa).

Currently, Microsoft will offer only Azure from these datacenters. Tom Keane, corporate vice president, Azure Global, Microsoft Azure, stated in the blog post on the announcement that:

Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based productivity solution, is anticipated to be available by the third quarter of calendar year 2019, and Dynamics 365, the next generation ...

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