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Microsoft to Open Africa Data Centers to Seek Edge in Cloud Push

  • Software maker vies with Amazon to target African customers
  • Customers including Standard Bank to benefit from new hubs

Microsoft Corp. will offer cloud-computing services from data centers in Africa for the first time, seeking an edge over rivals in targeting local customers.

The software maker said Thursday it plans to open two data centers in Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of an expansion that stretches across 40 regions globally. Previously companies in Africa had to rely on Microsoft’s European data-center hubs such as Ireland and the Netherlands.