Microsoft Opens First Global Data Center Region In Qatar, For A Cloud-First Economy
Microsoft has launched its new data center region in Qatar in response to the country’s growing demand for high-performance computing. The center is tailored to play a pivotal role in providing access to cloud services to accelerate digital transformation and advance intelligent cloud adoption of businesses, customers, and partners across Qatar.
This marks a major milestone for Microsoft as the first hyper-scale cloud provider to deliver enterprise-grade services in the country. The new world-class data centers are open for business with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 available.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mohammed bin Ali Al Mannai, Minister of Communications and Information Technology said the new data center is an important milestone in the process of transforming the State of Qatar into an advanced and pioneering digital center in the Middle East and the world. Also, the launch is under the Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to establish a diversified and competitive national economy.
“These pioneering projects in the field of digital transformation, communications, and information technology would not have been achieved without the ambitions of the country’s wise leadership and its vision for this vital sector, believing in its crucial role in the development of other economic sectors. Legislative and legal regulation of the sector and enhance its attractiveness.”
Businesses of all sizes and industries can now host their cloud workloads in Microsoft’s Qatar data center. Customers can begin leveraging Microsoft Azure to develop advanced applications using AI, data and analytics, IoT, and hybrid capabilities with advanced digital security and more, as well as Microsoft 365, a productivity cloud delivering productivity apps through cloud services.
“Microsoft has more data center regions than any other cloud provider and today we are proud to deliver the first hyper-scale cloud data center region to Qatar. This development will increase opportunities for organizations of all sizes and across all sectors to leverage our trusted cloud to innovate, better serve their customers and achieve their business goals – ultimately supporting continued economic growth that benefits all residents,” said Ralph Haupter, President of Microsoft EMEA.
Earlier this year, Microsoft, in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), launched the National Skilling Program, with the goal to upskill over 50,000 people in Qatar by providing digital skills acquisition programs over the next four years. To date, the program had benefited over 14,000 people.