Microsoft opens large datacenters in South Africa
Microsoft has launched its first data centers in Africa. The centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg will support the rollout of Azure Cloud in Africa and allow faster access to the services.
The presence of a local data center will suit companies and agencies who want to keep their data within the country's borders. With the launch of the data centers, Microsoft is joining competitor Huawei who launched its cloud service in Johannesburg only recently. Another large cloud provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS), may open data centers in South Africa in 2020.
According to DataCenter Dynamics, Microsoft’s Azure Cloud services are available now. Other applications, such as Office 365, are expected to become available by the third quarter of 2019.
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