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Microsoft to open two data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town

Microsoft to open two data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town

These data centres will be the first from Microsoft in Africa, and bring to 40 the number of data centres that the company runs around the world. The ability to replicate data across multiple data centres is another benefit that locally-hosted operations will offer. They dominate the cloud space and at this stage, nearly anything that Microsoft or Google can do, Amazon either already has or can build quickly. "But we will say that lowered latency is definitely a benefit". "The addition of a major cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure has the potential to accelerate the adoption of VMware Horizon among customers searching for a different way to manage and deliver Windows 10 desktops and applications".

"This model is not unique to what they are doing in South Africa and it minimises their risk in terms of infrastructure investment". "It takes relatively few people to run a hyperscale data centre", he said. The new cloud regions will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency to help enable the tremendous opportunity for economic growth, and increase access to cloud and internet services for organisations and people across the African continent. In fact, Microsoft has beaten rivals Amazon and Google to launching a data center in Africa, marking a significant step forward in the company's cloud division.

"This is an example of VMware executing against its cross-cloud strategy and bringing innovation to the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) category it pioneered in 2009", Dhawan added. "With cloud services ranging from intelligent collaboration to predictive analytics, the Microsoft Cloud delivered from Africa will enable developers to build new and innovative apps, customers to transform their businesses, and governments to better serve the needs of their citizens".

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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.

"At the end of 2016, IDC made the prediction that we will see at least one major global cloud provider establishing local data centre infrastructure to service the region during 2017". As far as the Xbox One goes, that could be changing next year.

"We greatly value Microsoft's commitment to invest in cloud services delivered from Africa. Through their actions, they are saying that the market is growing at a fast enough pace to warrant a substantial investment and that is very good news for the entire cloud ecosystem in South Africa", he says.


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