While Microsoft strives to support the digital transformation of organizations and companies around the world, we continue to drive innovation and expand to new geographies to enable more customers with Office 365, the world's leading cloud-based productivity solution , with more than 180 million monthly active commercial users. Today, we are taking another step in our continuous investment to help enable digital transformation and social impact across Africa with the general availability of Office 365 services from our new cloud data centers in South Africa.
Office 365, delivered from local data centers in South Africa, helps our clients enable the modern workplace and its employees with real-time collaboration and cloud-based intelligence, while maintaining security , compliance and residence of customer data in the country. The incorporation of South Africa as a new geography for Office 365 increases the options for secure cloud productivity services combined with the residence of customer data in 16 geographies around the world, along with three additional geographies also announced.
Data residence in the country for the core customer data helps Office 365 customers meet regulatory requirements, which is particularly important and relevant in industries such as health, financial services and government , where organizations need to maintain specific data in the country to meet local requirements. Customer data residency provides additional guarantees regarding the privacy and reliability of data for organizations and companies. The main customer data is stored only in your data center geography (Geo), in this case, the cloud data centers in South Africa.
Clients like Altron and the provincial government of Gauteng have used Office 365 to transform their workplaces. This latest development will allow them, as well as other organizations and companies that adopt Office 365, to accelerate their journey of digital transformation.
"Altron is committed to improving our infrastructure and adopting a strategy to become a cloud company to better serve our company. Customers and train our employees through modern collaboration. We have noticed a tangible difference since we moved to Office 365 ".
—Debra Marais, Leader, Shared IT Services at Altron
"Office 365 is driving our process of modernization of government infrastructure and ICT services by allowing us" to develop pioneering solutions at manageable costs and create improvements operations management, while improving transparency and accountability. "
—David Kramer, Deputy Director General, ICT in the Provincial Government of Gauteng
Provide cloud services from the African continent with the opening of our new cloud data center regions Office 365 joins Azure to expand the smart cloud service available from Africa It is anticipated that Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, the next generation of smart business applications, will be available in the fourth quarter of 2019.
When delivering the complete Microsoft cloud, which includes Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, from data centers in In a given geography, we offer scalable, available and resistant cloud services to companies and organizations, while satisfying the needs of residence, security and compliance with customer data. We have extensive experience in protecting data and training customers worldwide to meet security and privacy requirements, even offering the most comprehensive set of certifications and compliance certifications in the industry.
The new cloud regions in South Africa are connected to that of Microsoft. The regions through our global network, one of the largest and most innovative in the world, cover more than 100,000 miles (161,000 kilometers) of terrestrial fiber and submarine cable systems to provide services to customers. Microsoft is bringing the global cloud closer to home for organizations and African citizens through our trans-Arab roads between India and Europe, as well as our transatlantic systems, including Tide, the largest capacity cable ever crossed by the Atlantic.
We are committed to accelerating digital transformation across the continent through numerous initiatives and also recently announced Microsoft's first Africa Development Center (ADC), with two initial sites in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. The ADC will serve as an important engineering center for Microsoft, where world-class African talent can create solutions for local and global impact. With our new regions of cloud data centers, ADC and programs such as 4Afrika, we believe that Africa is prepared to develop locally and scale for a better global impact than ever.
Learn more about Office 365 and Microsoft in the Middle East and Africa.