After announcing its latest data center region in Austria earlier this month and an expansion of its presence in Brazil, Microsoft today unveiled his plans to open a new region in Taiwan. This new region will augment its existing presence in East Asia, where the company already operates data centers in China (managed by 21Vianet), Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. This new region will bring Microsoft’s total presence worldwide in 66 cloud regions.
Similar to its recent expansion in Brazil, Microsoft has also committed to providing digital skills to over 200,000 people in Taiwan by 2024 and is also growing its Taiwan Azure hardware systems and infrastructure engineering group. This is in addition to the investment in its IoT and artificial intelligence research efforts in Taiwan and the startup accelerator it runs there.
“Our new investment in Taiwan reflects our confidence in its strong heritage of hardware and software integration,” said Jean-Phillippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations. “With Taiwan’s expertise in hardware manufacturing and the new data center region, we look forward to a greater transformation, advancing what’s possible with 5G, AI and IoT capabilities that embrace intelligent cloud and ‘smart edge “.
The new region will offer access to core Microsoft Azure services. Support for Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform. This is pretty much Microsoft’s playbook for launching all of its new regions these days. Like virtually all of Microsoft’s new data center region, this one will also offer multiple Availability Zones.