Microsoft intends to open data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East, as the software producer tries to benefit from the area’s developing interest for digitisation.
The distributed computing sites are relied upon to be accessible by 2019, the Redmond, Washington-based organization said in a messaged proclamation on Wednesday. It will likewise open new sites in Switzerland and will include more areas in Germany.
“Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local data centres were the logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents,” said Sayed Hashish, regional general manager of Microsoft Gulf. “Our ambition is for the Microsoft Cloud to form a strategic part of the backbone for regional economic development.”
Investments into the UAE data centres expand on Microsoft’s presence in the region for more than 20 years. Its Azure cloud is currently in 42 regions globally. Microsoft is competing to expand into new areas with Amazon, who announced in September plans to open a cloud-data centre in Bahrain by early 2019.
The race to open new markets in the Middle East is pegged to the region’s pursuit of change, including the UAE’s Vision 2021 to become a knowledge-based economy and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for economic growth.