Like most of its other data centers around the world, these new regions will offer both Azure's suite of cloud computing tools for developers as well as productivity tools like Office 365 and Dynamics 365.
Although Microsoft did not state who it will partner with for the local data centres, an industry source told MyBroadband that two data centre players will be involved - a different one for each city.
With the new establishment of these data centres, Microsoft Cloud will reach 40 regions globally - more than any other cloud provider globally.
"We're excited by the growing demand for cloud services in Africa and the ability of the cloud to act as a catalyst for new economic opportunities", said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft Corp.
Jon Tullett, research manager of IT Services at IDC Africa, says "this is a significant announcement as none of the top-tier cloud providers has [sic] traditionally had a data centre footprint in Africa".
The investment would address the needs of African customers and recognizes the potential for digital transformation in Africa through the power of cloud. The cloud integration, according to Microsoft, will allow customers to implement web-based, single-sign-on capabilities across all SAP solutions that integrate and work with SAP Cloud Platform Identity Authentication Services.
This announcement expands on ongoing investments in Africa, where organizations are using now available cloud and mobile services as a platform for innovation in health care, agriculture, education, and entrepreneurship. "And the business case is now right", Zoaib Hoosen, Microsoft South Africa's Managing Director told us in an interview just prior to the official announcement.
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As for the service availability, VMware said it will start offering customers the option to host their virtual desktops and business applications in the Microsoft Azure sometime in the second half of this year.
Do you something awesome to share with the world? "Unlike our IBM model, in which a customer would come and buy the infrastructure and the desktops and apps through VMware, this provides customers with the flexibility that they have when using Azure today", said Burry.