According to foreign media reports, Microsoft plans to open the first cloud computing data center in Africa next year, which will be between the technology giant around the cloud computing business competition extended to Africa.
Microsoft's data center will serve customers in the company's Azure cloud computing business. Microsoft plans to set up the two data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively.
According to Microsoft, Amazon and Google's global business map, the data center will be the first data center in Africa to be built by the three cloud infrastructure providers. Amazon, whether Google will follow up, is currently unknown.
Julia White, vice president of business for Microsoft, said the company believes that Africa's technology market is a very mature opportunity. Microsoft's cloud computing customers in the African market include South African Standard Bank and South African National Information Technology Agency.
After setting up a data center in Africa, Microsoft will have 40 large data centers around the world.
Microsoft, Amazon and Google have been competing to build data centers around the world and are willing to take up hundreds of millions of dollars in data centers.
Cloud computing market competition is fierce. Amazon is currently in the leading position in the cloud computing market.
But analysts believe that Pichai-led Google has an advantage in cloud computing because they have the core infrastructure for running Google search and YouTube, which is already the largest cloud computing platform, and Google has also opened them to third parties, Contrary to Amazon.
Google has a huge network of data centers, which makes it win a lot of business customers, such as Home Depot and Autodesk.
And Microsoft has a strong marketing team, and with a large number of customers to maintain long-term relationship. Microsoft CEO Nadella predicts that by the end of fiscal year 2018, Microsoft's annual revenue in cloud services will reach $ 20 billion.
Foreign media, said in the field of cloud services, Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM and other highly competitive, who can occupy the market ultimately depends on the company in the field of cloud services innovation.