Microsoft has become the first of the “big three” public cloud providers to open a region in the Middle East.
From today, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 will be available from datacenters located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — one in UAE North (Dubai) and one in UAE Central (Abu Dhabi). Microsoft will open up Dynamics 365 and Power Platform from the region later in 2019.
Microsoft first announced plans for Middle East datacenters , shortly before Google revealed during a quarterly earnings report be opening a cloud region in Saudi Arabia. Amazon’s cloud unit, AWS, is also readying its first Middle East datacenter, which is expected to open in Bahrain .
Microsoft still trails Amazon by some distance in the cloud infrastructure sphere,