Microsoft has announced plans to extend its cloud service offering to its French datacentres in 2017.
The US IT giant is the third cloud services monolith within a matter of days to commit to bolstering its European footprint. On Thursday, AWS announced a new French datacentre region to open in 2017 to join existing regions in Frankfurt and the UK. Google, meanwhile, committed last week to build eight global datacentre facilities, including three in Europe, next year.
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella claims that the firm has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe over the past year, ploughing more than $3bn (€2.67bn) into European cloud services to date.
"We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners," said Nadella.
"Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. There's never been a better time for organizations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud."
Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 are set to be available from multiple datacentre locations in France in 2017.
The services firm claims to already have datacentre hubs in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria and Finland. Microsoft Azure is currently available for European customers from UK and German datacentres, while Office 365 is available only from the UK, with Germany to follow in early 2017.
Microsoft says its cloud offerings are available in 30 regions worldwide, with 36 more to follow, and claims to have "more regions than any other cloud provider".
The news came from a keynote speech from CEO Nadella while in Dublin on a four-day European visit, along with Microsoft president Brad Smith.
Microsoft rolled out a cloud marketing campaign across Europe earlier this year in a bid to boost partner sales of Azure and other cloud services.
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