Microsoft to Open Africa Data Centers to Seek Edge in Cloud Push

Microsoft is adding data centers in Africa, now has more regions than any other cloud provider

Even though VMware is now controlled by the Dell EMC conglomerate that also owns the Virtustream enterprise cloud, the Palo Alto, Calif. -based cloud infrastructure and business mobility giant announced May 16 that it will make available its VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. Initial availability will come in 2018, and the new centers will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency.

The Microsoft Cloud is coming to South Africa in the form of two new data centres, to be built in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Not every dollar of that is spent on data centers that deliver infrastructure as a service, but each company describes the cloud as a major investment area.

That's right: The VMware Cloud will run on the Azure cloud in addition to the Virtustream cloud.

"In the past, there have been a lot of questions around these providers' commitment to the region due to their lack of data centre infrastructure on the continent", says Tullett. The ability to replicate data across multiple data centres is another benefit that locally-hosted operations will offer.

Microsoft South Africa has yet to confirm whether this means what we hope it does for Xbox Live in the country.

So with these data centers, latency issues for devs on the continent will be resolved.

VMware has announced two major announcements with Microsoft and Samsung.

Microsoft has been working to support local start-ups and NGOs, unleashing innovation that has the potential to solve some of the biggest problems facing humanity, such as the scarcity of water and food, and economic and environmental sustainability. "At Microsoft's request, we are not disclosing who the collocation partner is at this stage". "It takes relatively few people to run a hyperscale data centre". They dominate the cloud space and at this stage, nearly anything that Microsoft or Google can do, Amazon either already has or can build quickly. "This model is not unique to what they are doing in South Africa and it minimises their risk in terms of infrastructure investment". "These cloud providers have invested heavily in automation technologies to keep their cost of deploying into a new region as low as possible, so you are not going to see Microsoft hiring tons of cloud engineers in South Africa".

Horizon Cloud, the outgrowth of the company's Horizon Air virtual desktop service, was launched earlier this year as part of VMware's Workspace One portfolio, initially supporting IBM's SoftLayer as its only public cloud provider.

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