The technology giant announced the launch of Microsoft Azure saying it was available from its new cloud regions in Cape Town and Joburg.
The multimillion-dollar investment in South Africa, which Microsoft declined to disclose the value of, through its cloud services is set to create economic opportunities for the country and boost employment.
More global firms have announced their intention to open up shop in South Africa. Huawei announced in November it would open its first public cloud data centre in Africa in Joburg this year while Amazon Web Services (AWS) will also bring its data centres to the country, launching its AWS Africa (Cape Town) infrastructure region in the first half of 2020.
Lynda Stadtmueller, the vice-president for network, data centre and cloud at Frost & Sullivan, said that the Azure cloud centres in South Africa were the foundation for digital businesses.