DOHA, Qatar — Gulf Bridge Intl. (GBI) and Microsoft signed a memorandum of understanding that will support regional cloud adoption amongst key organizations in the region, as witnessed by GBI’s chairman, H.E Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

The strategic partnership will enable organizations to gain faster access to the Microsoft Azure Cloud, availing high performance, security, and compliance to better transform their business operations.

GBI is an ExpressRoute connectivity partner that enables customers to benefit from low latency and private cloud connectivity. This guarantees a highly available and secure solution that delivers a quality digital experience for mission critical workloads

“We are continually exploring new ways to optimize digital experiences for enterprises, and our partnership with Microsoft represents one of the many milestones taken on GBI’s transformation journey,” said Abdulla Al Rwaili, executive director and managing director at GBI. “The partnership will enable organizations of all kinds to make the move to the cloud with confidence and provide a foundation for digital transformation. We look forward to enabling more organizations to benefit from the flexibility and agility of the cloud.”

Microsoft’s Azure ExpressRoute allows organizations to create private connections between the Azure Cloud and infrastructure on-premises or in a colocation environment. These connections do not go over the public internet, thus offering reliability, fast speeds, low latencies, and high security. Leveraging ExpressRoute connections to transfer data between on-premises systems and Azure has been known to yield drastic cost benefits.

“Our partnership with GBI is another step forward in enhancing connectivity across the country and access to the cloud,” said Lana Khalaf, country manager, Microsoft Qatar. “As a Microsoft ExpressRoute partner for Azure, GBI will provide fast and secure connectivity to customers with access to Microsoft cloud and accelerate their digital transformation journeys.”

GBI’s Cloud Connectivity solutions are built on industry-standard software-defined wide-area network (SDWAN) technology, allowing enterprises to control, manage, and monitor their network.

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