Microsoft Corp. announced it plans to establish its first data center region in New Zealand. ”A major milestone toward delivering enterprise-grade cloud services in the country,” says the company in a statement.
The New Zealand data center region will be the latest addition to Microsoft’s global datacenter footprint, which totals more than any other cloud provider at 60 regions announced, with Microsoft Azure available in over 140 countries around the world.
“This significant investment in New Zealand’s digital infrastructure is a testament to the remarkable spirit of New Zealand’s innovation and reflects how we’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible as a nation,” says Vanessa Sorenson, General manager, Microsoft New Zealand.
“The Fletcher School’s Digital Evolution Index characterises New Zealand as a ‘standout nation’ demonstrating to the world what the future might look like. I’m confident this investment will help accelerate our digital evolution.”
With the development of this new data center region, Microsoft aims to fuel new growth that will accelerate digital transformation opportunities across New Zealand.
Microsoft’s cloud services include Microsoft Azure cloud services, Microsoft 365 productivity cloud, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform.
The new data center region in New Zealand is subject to approval from the Overseas Investment Office.
READ ALSO : Macquarie acquires majority stake in Australian data centre firm