"The introduction of McAfee Cloud Security Platform for Microsoft Azure is an important step to fulfilling this mission for our customers".
Microsoft plans to open data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the first in the Middle East, as the software maker seeks to capitalise on the region's growing demand for digitisation.
In Germany, Microsoft's additional investments aim to help empower more organisations and businesses in Germany and across the globe to digitally transform with cloud services.
In addition, the Microsoft Cloud in France is officially open with the general availability of Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 today, according to a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate vice president, Microsoft Azure.
Etisalat Digital, a business unit of Etisalat, is a Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider, offering integrated connectivity with Microsoft ExpressRoute as well as private cloud services using Azure Stack.
Access to data in Microsoft's existing Germany regions is controlled by a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, not by Microsoft itself.
"This brings our data centre footprint to a total of 50 regions globally, and we believe that this is the largest of any major cloud provider", Hashish said. We have long-standing expertise and deep local relationships in the Middle East. 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.
"We are convinced that this opening is the beginning of a new adventure - one in which we want as many French organizations and companies as possible to embark on, in order to accelerate the digital transformation of our ecosystem", states Carlo Purassanta, General Manager, Microsoft France.
Keane also declined to talk about future data center locations, only to say that they would be built in places where Microsoft likely sees big business opportunities.