Microsoft has announced plans to add data centres in France to the firm's global cloud platform in 2017 as it continues to expand its presence in Europe.
The company announced last month that it had brought data centres in the UK and Germany online for Azure and Office 365 services as it continues to rival Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for cloud supremacy.
The new French data centres will offer the Azure hosting platform as well as access to Office 365 and Dynamics 365. Microsoft did not say specifically where the data centres will be, but confirmed that “multiple” sites will come online.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured above) announced the plans during a conference in Dublin on Monday, explaining that expanding the firm's cloud data centre footprint is key to its cloud plans.
“We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners,” he said.
“Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organisations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.”
The announcement comes a week after Google announced plans to launch eight new data centre regions in 2017 in London, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, Finland and Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, AWS announced in July that it had opened a new availability zone in Mumbai to expand the firm's cloud computing footprint into the Asia Pacific region.
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