Microsoft expands cloud services in Europe and into Middle East

Finastra and Microsoft join hands for cloud-based financial services software

The centres will be located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and will offer Microsoft Cloud services, comprising Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, to help organisations accelerate their digital transformation journeys, experts noted.

HCL Technologies has announced the opening of its dedicated technology development center, 'Lab 21, ' showcasing the deep collaboration, investments, and advocacy on Microsoft AI platform /Cortana Analytics in the Azure Cloud. "As Microsoft, we have been in the region for over 25 years, and we have been very committed to the vision of the country".

In Switzerland, data centers will be opened in Geneva and Zurich, and are a response to Microsoft's "engagement with financial institutions and regulators in Switzerland". "I am excited about HCL's strong commitment to our cloud alliance as their Lab 21 will provide a platform for building and showcasing industry vertical and horizontal solutions with the Microsoft AI Platform and Microsoft Azure", said Michael Angiulo, CVP - Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft's new regional data centers will improve access to its cloud computing service Azure for local customers.

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"Many customers with particularly sensitive needs, for example in the public sector, prefer our German cloud offering".

"Microsoft has been present in the Middle East for more than two decades and is deeply invested in the region", Sayed Hashish, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf told Arabian Business. Microsoft is planning to bring Dynamics 365 to France in early 2019. The American Multinational has helped them develop strategies to prepare them for the new European General Data Protection Regulation or commonly known as EGDPR.

Finastra has already moved its United States payments line to Azure, and more business lines will follow over the next 12 months. This process is not easy due to many complex security parameters to configure, incidents to respond to and controls to manage, which are different across the various cloud providers. We've announced a goal to be in 50 regions across the globe, including plans for 12 new regions. The two products are the only productivity and business application platforms that can offer in-geo data residency across such a broad set of locations.

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