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Microsoft has officially launched two Azure cloud data centres in South Africa, one in Cape Town and the other in Johannesburg, after the software giant missed an earlier deadline of December 2018 to take the facilities live.
Microsoft is right not to rush the launch of two Azure data centres in South Africa, because if problems crop up it could tarnish the company’s reputation among local customers, according to International Data Corp.
Microsoft plans to hike Azure cloud computing service pricing in South Africa by a massive 23.1% next month following a sharp fall in the value of the rand.
Microsoft’s earnings report and forecast cheered investors, providing further evidence the company can increase cloud sales and squeeze more profit from the area while cutting into Amazon.com’s massive industry lead.
Microsoft’s cloud-fuelled turnaround persisted in the fiscal fourth quarter, when sales and profit got a boost from customers signing up for more Internet-based storage, processing and Office productivity software.