Microsoft expands cloud services in data centers in South Africa



Tech giant Microsoft has reinforced its commitment to invest in South Africa by making Dynamics 365 and Power Platform generally available in its enterprise-grade data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The move, announced Tuesday, also increases cloud capacity and capabilities to enable public and private sector organizations to accelerate growth through innovation, agility and resilience.

Data centers

Multiple hyperscale data center locations in South Africa now provide Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform online services to support organizations as they adapt to the rapid pace of change in today’s world.

Microsoft South Africa Business Applications GTM Manager Karin Jones said organizational leaders are focused on finding ways to improve the flow of innovation and knowledge across the enterprise to respond to market changes.

“They need digital solutions that break down existing silos between data sources, people, processes and knowledge.”

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Cloud services

Jones said having these cloud services delivered from South Africa also means local businesses can move their businesses to the cloud securely and reliably, while maintaining data residency and sovereignty and meeting regulatory and compliance requirements.

“South African organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of the cloud, driving continued growth and adoption.”

IDC’s State of Cybersecurity in South Africa report showed that almost half (48%) of organizations in the country are using the cloud as a platform and driver of digital innovation, and 61% of South African organizations said they were spending more on solutions in cloud in South Africa. 2021 to 2020.

South Africa’s public cloud services market alone is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.5% through 2025, up from $1.6 billion in 2021.

opportunities

Microsoft said that as new services continue to open up opportunities, the integration of cloud-based products and services with industry-specific clouds such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare and financial services can help further expand the value and cloud benefits.

“Microsoft’s continued investment in local infrastructure and the expansion of cloud services in South Africa is helping to build capacity and improve operational efficiency for organizations of all sizes across all sectors.”

“This will accelerate digital innovation in the country by enabling businesses to be more agile, resilient and competitive. This in turn will help unlock wider economic growth for South Africa,” Jones said.

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