Microsoft has silently launched its first Azure cloud region in the Doha capital city of Qatar.
Meanwhile, Microsoft posted on the Azure updates page, “We are launching our newest data center region in Qatar. The new data center region includes Azure Availability Zones, which offer additional resiliency for your applications by designing the region with unique physical datacenter locations with independent power, network, and cooling for additional tolerance to datacenter failures.”
Additionally, the company has listed its new cloud region in Qatar as “based in Doha” along with three availability zones.
In January 2019, Microsoft received permission from the Qatari government to develop a cloud region within the country. Initially, Microsoft announce that the region would be available in 2021; however, the Qatar region was launched in 2022.
Microsoft’s cloud region in Qatar is the company’s second Azure region in the Middle East. In 2019, Microsoft launched the Dubai region. Additionally, the company is also planning to develop a cloud region in Israel.
Talking about other cloud players, Google is developing regions in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. AWS is planning to build a cloud region in the United Arab Emirates while it already has a region in Bahrain.
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