Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is closely working with Microsoft to ensure efficient implementation of Cloud Solutions, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud servers.
McAfee has announced that it has extended its Cloud Security Platform to consistently protect Microsoft Azure. Microsoft, which now has 42 Azure cloud regions, is racing Amazon Web Services to add new areas as both companies aim to store information and applications closer to customers.
As more data retention laws are signed, having local data centers strategically located throughout the world will become a strength of Microsoft's cloud services.
Oracle (orcl), which is a making a big cloud computing push, also said in February that it plans to build data centers in countries like China, India, Japan, Switzerland, and Saudi Arabia. "Driven by strong customer demand for cloud computing, local datacenters were the logical next step given the enormous opportunity that the cloud presents". "There are absolutely some customers that value data residency and it is essential".
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". Microsoft's cloud customers in the region include companies such as Emirates Group, Etihad Airways, Majid Al Futtaim, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts and Landmark Group, among others.
By delivering Microsoft cloud from data centers in a given geography, Microsoft will continue to fulfill their data security and compliance needs to the companies.
"If it's economically viable, I'll be happy to talk to you", Keane said when asked about possible Antarctica or Arctic data centers.