The American giant Microsoft, is increasing it capacity and adding 2 new data centers to it already existing 28 data centers spread worldwide, but this time, in Africa. It new data centers, as wide as 16 football stadiums comprising of up to 600,000 servers each will be located in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, for the benefit of the whole African continent.
Announced on the 20th May 2017, these data centers will serve the whole African continent with Microsoft Cloud's innovative services. This will facilitate internet and cloud access, thereby also facilitating new investments throughout the continent.
In addition to these, Microsoft will supply various of it services such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 and more from those data centers.
According to the vice-president Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft Corp, Scott Guthrie,
Microsoft Cloud Solutions provided from Africa will enable developers to create new, innovative applications, allow customers to transform businesses, and governments to better meet the needs of citizens
Why has it taken so long for Microsoft to establish data centers in Africa ? According to TICMag that was able to exchange some words with Rami Azzi, Business Group Leader of the Applications and division at Microsoft Africa during it visit in Cameroon, this is because of 3 simple reasons;
South Africa being the first country chosen to host these data centers, we can conclude that it somehow meets Microsoft's requirements. These data centers are planned to be available in 2018. Stay tune.