In 2017, Microsoft promised to open Azure data centres in South Africa for 2019 and it’s finally here. South Africa businesses have been relying on cloud services from outside the continent for a while now and hopefully all that will change with Microsoft’s data centres.
There will be two data centres available in South Africa, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg. The new facilities will provide highly secured cloud services with the option of residency of data in SA. These cloud services include Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365.
According to the public relations and communication lead at Microsoft SA, Ashleigh Fenwick, Microsoft is building an original level of infrastructure to support the new data centres here in SA. Because of growing customer demands for Office 365, Azure, and Dynamics 365 services, Microsoft is securing new investments in local infrastructure.
Fenwick also said: “These investments will enhance our ability to support our customers’ digital transformation, and bring the benefits of data residency in South Africa. Today, Microsoft offers customers a range of innovative regional Microsoft cloud services to enable their businesses to move faster and achieve more.”
The same reliability and performance will be offered by the new data centre locations in SA. It will provide Microsoft’s customers with trusted cloud services which will help them meet local policy and compliance requirements. If multiple data centres have replication of customers data, it will give them reliable protection in hybrid and pure scenarios for continuity of their businesses.
Organisations in SA can accelerate the pace of their digital transformation with the increased effective use of public cloud services.
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Azure is quite a powerful platform and has twice the number of data centres as its competitors. Microsoft will have 42 announced Azure regions in total, which includes South Africa’s expansion. It offers its customers over 100 services which range from data analytics to machine learning.
With Azure, customers’ cloud migration costs can be 70% less than competing services. Migrating businesses and lowering costs isn’t the only aim Azure has for its platform. Delivering large amounts of computing power to customers is another priority for Azure.
Azure will provide businesses and customers with powerful and easily accessible tools with the launch of data centres, which they can have access to with minimal delays. The local Azure servers will allow the implementation of powerful applications, which were limited by high delays to international servers. Local businesses can migrate to the cloud which will lower their IT costs.
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