Microsoft is expanding on its existing investments in Africa by delivering Microsoft Cloud Services including Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 directly from Datacenters located in Johannesburg and Cape Town South Africa. Initial availability is expected in 2018.
Stay tuned for more updates here https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/?v=17.14Anonymous commented
its not a cost thing, we use vodacom hosting services in South Africa and it is much more expensive than Azure, which we use in the UK, the connectivity is available in South Africa so that is not an issue. IBM has just launched there cloud services in partnership with vodacom last month, i was at the launch, so they see a market in SA. There is a huge growth market in Africa for this and MS AZURE is far cheaper than the competition so it would easily win business. All the other providers also don't offer the flexibility Azure do, they "manage" it for you, which we don't want.
Come on Azure get it done!