p ‘I had a data centre down in Africa’…Microsoft enters Africa with plans for two facilities in South Africa

Microsoft is to bring its cloud services directly to the African market after it revealed it will open two data centres in South Africa.

This is Redmond’s first data centre expansion into Africa, and the two facilities (in Johannesburg and Cape Town) are expected to be online in 2018.

It comes as Microsoft continues to invest heavily in developing its cloud infrastructure around the world.

Microsoft made the announcement that Azure is coming to Africa in blog posting by Scott Guthrie – Executive VP of Micrsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group.

The opening of two South African data centres means that Redmond will be able to offer Azure cloud as well as online services such as Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to local users.

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