Microsoft South Africa announced on Thursday, 25 July 2019, that its Office 365 services are available from South African datacentre regions as part of a move to provide best-in-class productivity and collaboration capabilities for customers while meeting data residency, security and compliance needs.
This is said to provide businesses with the cloud-powered intelligence needed to enable the modern workplace, as well as empower employees with the tools to drive real-time productivity and collaboration from anywhere.
“Office 365 has for years been providing the foundation of digital transformation for South African businesses. Delivering the richest Office experiences from the newly available Microsoft datacentre regions in South Africa is the next step in our journey of partnering with businesses to empower them to do and achieve more, with the security of their data being top of mind,” says Lillian Barnard, Managing Director Microsoft South Africa.
“The Office 365 experience remains seamless because Microsoft’s continued investments in its global cloud network, global cloud infrastructure, and services architecture help provide users with a singular, consistent experience independent of where their data is stored,” adds Barnard.
“Office 365 is driving our modernisation journey of Government ICT infrastructure and services by allowing us to develop pioneering solutions at manageable costs and create overall improvements in operations management, all while improving transparency and accountability,” says David Kramer, Deputy Director-General of ICT at Gauteng Provincial Government.
“We are committed to accelerating digital transformation across the continent and we have seen already seen a tangible difference since we opened Africa’s first hyper-scale datacentres in South Africa earlier this year – combined with the first Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Lagos and Nairobi, which allow us to listen to our customers and partners, we are now able to develop locally and scale for global impact better than ever before,” concludes Barnard.
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