First Cloud Data Hubs to Open in the Middle East, Courtesy of Microsoft Corp.

As part of Microsoft Corp.’s rapid geographic expansion to win-cloud computing business globally and win customers from Amazon.com Inc., the software maker will open data hubs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the company’s first in the Middle East region.

Microsoft also plans on opening a couple of cloud sites in Switzerland, in the Zurich and Geneva regions, and the company will also add a couple of new locations in Germany. It declined to say where it will add the new locations in Germany and the company also declined to specify when all the new sites will open.

Microsoft Corporation is a multinational technology company from the USA and it’s headquartered in Redmond, Washington. The company develops, manufactures, supports, licenses and sells computer software, personal computers, consumer electronics, and services. The top acknowledged products of the company are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, the Internet Explorer and Edge web browsers and the famous and widely used Microsoft Office suite.

Xbox video game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup are the company’s flagship hardware products. Microsoft Corp. is the largest software maker in the world, as of 2016 by revenue, and one of the most valuable companies in the world. “Microsoft” is a combination of ‘microcomputer’ and ‘software’.

Founded on April 4th, 1975, by Bill Gates and Paul Allen to improve and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, it rose to dominate the market of the personal computer operating system with MS-DOS, and then followed by the Microsoft Windows Software. The initial public offering for the company was made in 1986, and successive increase in its share price, created 3 billionaires an estimated 12,000 millionaires among its employees.

In January, the company said that it would boost spending to add cloud capacity. That was followed by a few quarters of slower investment as the company filled data hubs it had already built. Microsoft Corp. currently has 42 Azure cloud regions; the company is however racing Amazon Web Services to add new areas as the two companies aim to store information and applications closer to customers. That aid in speeding the transfer of data and satisfies local laws and preferences for storing some information in a customer’s home country.

In September, Amazon said it was planning on opening a cloud data hub in Bahrain next year, 2019. The company is the biggest supplier of cloud services for storing data and processing applications, with its market share about four times the size of Microsoft’s. Microsoft currently sits second, but has been roughly doubling revenue in its Azure business each quarter.

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