Microsoft to open datacenters in Africa to deliver Microsoft Cloud

Faith Castro
May 19, 2017

"In the past, there have been a lot of questions around these providers' commitment to the region due to their lack of data centre infrastructure on the continent".

He says this move by Microsoft tackles several concerns head on.

Tullett said the move will help address the issue of data sovereignty.

Tullett adds that this is a rare opportunity for Microsoft to confidently state that they offer capabilities which chief rival Amazon can not.

As for the service availability, VMware said it will start offering customers the option to host their virtual desktops and business applications in the Microsoft Azure sometime in the second half of this year. "Microsoft has a strategic advantage which is significant, though possibly for a short window period". For more about the pricing and additional details, check out the Microsoft Azure website. "But we will say that lowered latency is definitely a benefit".

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Even though VMware is now controlled by the Dell EMC conglomerate that also owns the Virtustream enterprise cloud, the Palo Alto, Calif. -based cloud infrastructure and business mobility giant announced May 16 that it will make available its VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

This also means that Microsoft now had 40 data centers running, or announced. "There are some awesome companies in South Africa and this can only serve that". "At Microsoft's request, we are not disclosing who the collocation partner is at this stage". "It takes relatively few people to run a hyperscale data centre", he said.

"We're excited by the growing demand for cloud services in Africa and the ability of the cloud to act as a catalyst for new economic opportunities", Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's executive vice president for cloud and enterprise, said in a statement. "They will however be sourcing most of the equipment locally". As far as the Xbox One goes, that could be changing next year. "That will only increase pressure on competitors to follow suit with local infrastructure". Even looking beyond games, this is good for not just South Africa, but Africa as a whole.

"There are a number of things that we look at when we select a data centre destination", Hoosen adds.

In this specific instance, the CSP promotion gives Microsoft something positive to talk about (free money!) in a blog post that soft-pedals the transition from the Advisor model - which used to be the mainstay of partner cloud sales but is being sunsetted in favor of CSP.

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