This investment expands the company’s global cloud infrastructure to 56 cloud regions in 21 countries with the new Israel region anticipated to be available by 2021.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced its plans to establish the company’s first cloud region in Israel through a local data centre region.
The company revealed that the investment in a new Israel
data centre region will enable its customers to adhere to data residency
requirements to store data within Israel.
Microsoft’s cloud services are also compliant with the
European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The company’s Office
365 will be available from the new data centre region.
“When I speak to customers across EMEA, it is clear that the
power of the cloud is essential for their competitiveness,” said Michel van der
Bel, President, Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“We have made significant infrastructure investments in the
region and with this announcement, our planned region in Israel will join a
growing number of EMEA markets recently made available including Germany,
Norway, South Africa and Switzerland.
“Offering Microsoft Azure and Office 365 from a data centre
region in Israel forms a key part of our investment and involvement in the start-up
nation, as infrastructure is an essential building block for the tech intensity
that public sector entities and businesses need to embrace.”
Microsoft started its journey in 1989 in Israel by opening a
local branch, and in 1991, the company established its Israeli R&D centre –
its first R&D centre outside of the US – one of the first major tech
companies to do so in Israel.
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This year will include another key investment in the local
market with the launch of a new Microsoft Israel campus.
“Microsoft has made a strategic decision to invest in the
Israeli market,” said Ronit Atad, General Manager, Microsoft Israel.
“This investment marks an extremely important milestone in
the company’s engagement with the start-up nation, as we recently marked the
30th anniversary of our presence in the country.
“Public sector entities, enterprise companies and developers
will have access to scalable, highly available, and resilient cloud services to
accelerate their digital transformation journeys.
“This will help them better engage customers, empower employees,
optimize operations, and transform products and services from the new cloud
region in Israel.
“Microsoft Israel is partnering with those organisations to ensure their success on their digital transformation journey.”
The country’s start-ups are set to benefit from the local data centre, with programs and initiatives to augment those already carried out by Microsoft for start-ups.
Last year, Amazon Web Services were reportedly in discussions with Israeli officials to launch a data centre in Israel.
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