Microsoft's new Azure data centers launched in the UAE

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: Cloud Transformation
Tags: Azure Datacenters

Landmark news has emerged in the Middle East with Microsoft announcing that its eagerly awaited data centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have now gone live, greatly supporting the region’s digital transformation. These two data centers have joined Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure which is one of the world’s largest and most innovative. Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 are now available from the new UAE cloud regions. Dynamics 365 and Power Platform will be available by the end of this year.

With the launch of the data centers, Cobweb will play an even greater pivotal role in supporting both public and private organizations to seamlessly enhance their cloud journey, thanks to solutions ranging from productivity offerings including Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams to technical database modernization, infrastructure modernization and a complete Azure managed service.

The National Benefits

The UAE data centers are winning assets for the nation’s businesses, governance and its reputation as a digital force and home to some of the smartest and greenest cities on the planet.

The local storing of data in Microsoft’s cloud will deliver world-class reliability, a greater sense of security and cost users less.

The commercial-grade data center structure gives the UAE data residency which now opens the cloud up to the public sector - something which has until now been lacking. All that is now set to change leaving the public sector able to take full advantage of the wide range of capabilities of Microsoft 365 and Azure Information Protection (AIP) – the cloud-based solution that enables the classification and, optionally, protection of documents and emails by applying labels. This also means the data centers will deliver a deep sense of trust among citizens and customers who want to know that their Government – and companies – hold their data securely. The UAE can now provide that assurance.

Spurring Digital Transformation

The Microsoft Cloud in the UAE will make Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 generally available empowering the digital transformation of businesses and public sector organizations, helping them increase productivity while meeting compliance and policy requirements.

Here's a few of the immediate benefits:

  • Cost control: The total cost of a total managed cloud solution is far less than the cost of trying to do it yourself
  • Enterprise-grade security: Data centers are primed to protect their clients' servers from physical disturbance
  • Disaster recovery: Peace of mind comes with knowing unforeseen circumstances won't affect your business
  • 24/7 availability: Immediate access to your data and applications

Fostering Growth

Built on Microsoft’s Trusted Cloud principles of security, privacy, compliance, transparency and availability, the data centers will foster opportunities for innovation, with the intent to spark local economic growth. Among the benefits will be a heightened appeal of the country for tech start-ups and tech corporate initiatives, enhancing the UAE’s reputation as a secure, digital environment and a global start-up hotspot.

Over a billion customers worldwide trust the intelligent Microsoft Cloud as a platform to help transform their businesses – organizations in the UAE can now more easily join the digital transformation movement with all the reliability and performance benefits that ensue including heightened latency, meaning they will be able to retrieve their data much faster than previously.

Staying Compliant

What’s more, with the Gulf becoming an increasingly regulated environment – Bahrain’s new game-changing Personal Data Protection Law comes into effect in August with other similar legislation expected region-wide – the Microsoft data-centers will ensure you are always complaint. Privacy is at the heart of the data-centers, they recognize its YOUR data and remains YOUR data and that it stays compliant with any relevant local or international laws.

If you would like to find out more about the new Microsoft data centers, and what potential they could bring to your IT, please contact Cobweb by filling out the form below:

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