Microsoft expands cloud services in South African data centers



Tech giant Microsoft has increased its commitment to investment in South Africa by making Dynamics 365 and Power Platform widely available in its enterprise-class data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

This move, announced Tuesday, also increases cloud capacity and capabilities to enable organizations across the public and private sectors to accelerate growth through innovation, agility and resilience.

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The numerous hyperscale data center locations in South Africa now offer online services from Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform to help businesses adapt to the rapid changes in today’s world.

Karin Jones, director of business applications GTM at Microsoft South Africa, said organizational leaders are focused on finding ways to improve the flow of innovation and knowledge across the organization to respond to market shifts.

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

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

“Organizations in South Africa are increasingly recognizing the value of cloud and driving continued growth and adoption.”

The IDC report “State of Cybersecurity in South Africa” ​​showed that nearly half (48%) of organizations in the country are using cloud as a platform and driver of digital innovation, and 61% of South African organizations said they would spend more money on cloud Solutions to spend 2021 as 2020.

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

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

“Microsoft’s ongoing investments in on-premises infrastructure and expansion of cloud services in South Africa are helping to build capacity and improve operational efficiencies for organizations of all sizes and sectors.”

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

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