Microsoft’s first data centres in Africa have been opened in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Called Microsoft Azure, it aims to help drive investment and significant growth in line with both the continent’s digital transformation objectives and the realisation of new economic opportunities.

Microsoft South Africa’s Managing Director, Lillian Barnard, explains how this affects ordinary South Africans and business: “Azure gives organisations the ability to build digital businesses at scale. So basically organisations can get infrastructure as service as well as platform as a service available and they can literally go and innovate.”

Barnard says the advantages for business are innovation at large and will create an estimate of 112 000 new jobs in South Africa.

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