Microsoft Plans Its First Cloud-Data Centres in Middle East

Finastra and Microsoft join hands for cloud-based financial services software

The company says this solution addresses the most critical enterprise security requirements for Microsoft Azure and empowers customers to build applications on the Microsoft Azure cloud with the peace of mind that their applications, underlying cloud infrastructure and enterprise data are protected.

The two new regions will provide enterprise-grade reliability, performance and business continuity combined with data residency within Germany and connectivity to Microsoft's global public cloud network. Existing Office 365 customers in France can now use the new infrastructures, which have support for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on May 25.

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.

HCL Technologies has announced the opening of its dedicated technology development center, 'Lab 21, ' showcasing the deep collaboration, investments, and advocacy on Microsoft AI platform /Cortana Analytics in the Azure Cloud. 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. WANDisco's partner managers will work closely with Microsoft's field sales teams to co-sell the bundles to hybrid cloud prospects.

Microsoft delivers the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry and in the last 3 years they have doubled the number of Azure regions available.

The regulation will be made available from May 25th, 2018.

Microsoft has announced it is setting up two data centres in the UAE, in partnership with Etisalat.

Finastra has already moved its United States payments line to Azure, and more business lines will follow over the next 12 months. Each datacenter geography, or geo, delivers a consistent experience, backed by robust policies, controls and systems to help keep data safe and help comply with local and regional regulations.

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