Today, Microsoft has announced its first data center in New Zealand. The data center will aim to speed up digital evolution.
Microsoft is calling the announcement a ‘major milestone’ towards delivering enterprise-grade cloud services including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, and plans to help fuel new digital transformation opportunities for New Zealand businesses.
The new region will also deliver additional security and trust with the commitment to store customer data at rest locally in New Zealand.
Microsoft already have 58 data centers in other regions covering 140 countries around the globe – and New Zealand’s data center will be a new addition to the list if the Overseas Investment Office gives the green light.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft shared the news on his LinkedIn handle. “Now more than ever, we’re seeing the power of digital transformation, and today we’re announcing a new datacenter region in New Zealand to help every organization in the country build their own digital capability.”
Jean-Philippe Courtois, EVP and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing & Operations said that he is really excited about the educational skilling programs this new data center will enable which could ultimately increase future employability opportunities for the people of New Zealand.