Microsoft has launched its very first cloud data center region in Qatar in collaboration with the Qatari Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.
The 55th region for Microsoft globally will join the biggest cloud infrastructure in the world, enhancing Qatar’s regional and global competitiveness and consolidating its digital transformation. It will also boost local growth by supporting economic diversification, fostering talent, and attracting foreign investment.
The launch ceremony, titled Qatar Digital Journey to the Future, was attended by several ministers, senior officials in the commercial sectors, and Microsoft officials. The government has already passed a series of laws to encourage investment in the digital economy.
With the opening of the Microsoft center, local and international businesses will be able to host their cloud data in Qatar, benefiting from high levels of reliability and performance. Customers can now use Microsoft Azure to develop advanced apps in a secure cloud environment using artificial intelligence, data analytics, the Internet of things, and hybrid cloud capabilities.
Ralph Haupter, president of Microsoft Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said that customers in Qatar are using Microsoft cloud to innovate, achieve their goals, and accomplish a lot with less effort. He said Qatar’s first large-scale cloud data center would provide more opportunities to accelerate digital transformation.
Several agencies in Qatar are using Microsoft cloud data centers to develop their digital capabilities, including the MCIT through its national programs, the TASMU platform, the Qatar digital government, and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy.