The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), in partnership with Microsoft, launched yesterday Qatar’s first hyperscale cloud data centre region, bringing new opportunities for a ‘cloud-first economy’.
The Microsoft cloud data centre region joins the world’s largest cloud infrastructure footprint, significantly enhancing Qatar’s competitiveness on a global and regional level in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and increasing the country’s position as a leader in the digital era.
The event, which was held under the patronage of HE the Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohamed bin Ali al-Mannai, also launches with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, giving organisations access to hundreds of scalable, highly-available, and resilient cloud services.
The launch of the Microsoft cloud data centre region in Qatar was recently announced during a special celebratory event – ‘Qatar’s Digital Journey into the Future’, which was held in the presence of esteemed ministers and high-level private sector executives, as well as Microsoft’s global and regional executives.
The data centre will have a significant impact on the development of the local economy and support the country’s efforts to diversify its economy, build talent, and attract foreign investment.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, al-Mannai said: “We are delighted to translate our ideas and efforts in the field of digital transformation into reality on the ground. Cloud data centres are expected to accelerate innovation, create jobs, encourage skilling and capacity-building initiatives, empower partners, and drive impact on the national economy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
“At MCIT, we are proud of all that has been achieved so far in the field of transformation towards comprehensive digitisation, and we are honoured to realise the ambitions of the country’s wise leadership and its vision of digital transformation. We affirm that our ambitions in this field have no limits in the field of digitalisation.”
Al-Mannai added: “The launch of the data centre is considered an important milestone in the process of transforming the State of Qatar into an advanced and pioneering digital centre in the Middle East and the world. This journey was inspired by Qatar National Vision 2030, which aims to establish a diversified and competitive national economy.”
“These pioneering projects in the field of digital transformation, communications, and Information Technology would not have been achieved without the ambitions of the country’s wise leadership and its vision to this vital sector, believing in its crucial role in the development of other economic sectors, legislative and legal regulation of the sector, and enhance its attractiveness.”
Businesses of all sizes and industries can now host their cloud workloads in Microsoft’s Qatar data centre, availing enterprise-grade reliability and performance. Customers can begin leveraging Microsoft Azure to develop advanced applications using AI, data and analytics, IoT, and hybrid capabilities with advanced digital security and more, as well as Microsoft 365, the world’s productivity cloud that delivers best-of-breed productivity apps delivered seamlessly through cloud services.
With over 100 compliance offerings – the broadest set of compliance offerings and programmes of any public cloud provider – the Microsoft cloud significantly empowers customers to meet local compliance and policy requirements. This includes the National Information Assurance Certification issued by the National Cyber Security Agency, which Microsoft received earlier this year.
The president of Microsoft EMEA, Ralph Haupter, said: “Across Qatar, Microsoft customers are already leveraging our trusted cloud to innovate, achieve their business goals, and do more with less. We are proud to deliver the first hyperscale cloud data centre region to the country, which will significantly amplify opportunities for even more transformation.”
Microsoft country manager Lana Khalaf said, “With its longstanding history as an early adopter of technology, Qatar has completely embraced cloud solutions and revolutionised entire industries to develop a new, advanced digital economy. Today’s announcement will enable the country to take these groundbreaking innovations to the world, showcase its standing as a leader in digital transformation and cement its place as a global hub for innovation.”
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