Microsoft Cloud to be offered from datacenters in Africa

Beginning in 2018, Microsoft is set to deliver the Microsoft cloud, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, from datacenters located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. The datacenters will serve the entire continent, "and will help organizations and people from Cairo to Cape Town accelerate their journey to cloud computing." So wrote Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise Group, in a blog post.

Organizations across Africa, including local startups and NGOs, can use the cloud services delivered from these new regions "to power innovation and opportunity for Africa and the world," according to Guthrie.

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Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

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