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Microsoft becomes the first official and major cloud provider in Africa

Now internet lag times will no longer be a problem in South Africa. Microsoft has now become the first official provider for a major cloud service for opening up data centers in the African continent. On Wednesday this week, Microsoft announced in a statement that they have installed two of their Azure Cloud Data centers. These data centers have been installed where there are already live in Cape Town as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Tom Keane; Microsoft Azure Vice President said in a statement, “The launch of these regions marks a major milestone for Microsoft as we open our first enterprise-grade datacenters in Africa, becoming the first global provider to deliver cloud services from data centers on the continent.”

Microsoft beat Amazon in the race of Cloud Services:




The Redmond, Washington based company has beaten few of their fellow major Technology giants, most prominently Amazon in this race of opening up cloud data centers. Last year, Amazon announced that they would be opening up their own Cloud Data centers in Africa.

As per the official report of the e-commerce giant, Amazon, they announced that their AWS Data Centers would be up and running in South Africa by the start of 2020.

Unexpected News from Huawei:

In what turned out to be an interesting turn of events, Huawei, the Chinese Smartphone company also announced ahead of Microsoft’s announcement that their won cloud data service has already launched in South Africa as well.

Huawei also announced earlier last month of their intention of opening up their data centers in South Africa. However, what it turns out to be is that Huawei is actually leasing their data cloud centers in South Africa to a local cloud data company.

As for Microsoft, they believe that with them opening up their cloud data centers in South Africa, it will ring more economic growth opportunities for the African region.

The gamers in South Africa have been continuously pointing out the lag and ping time problems for servers operating in South Africa, to counter these problems they had been using the servers from other countries. With now the Azure Cloud centers being live in South Africa, the nearly 135 billion dollars gaming industry in the world, will also have the opportunity to have new opportunities for the gamers and developers.

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