Microsoft to invest $1.1bn in Mexico’s digital transformation including its first data centre region
The company unveiled further details of its plan to innovate Mexico by contributing to the development of the country.
Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced its plans to establish a new cloud data centre region in Mexico to deliver its cloud services to serve Mexico’s public entities, organisations and Mexican society, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.
The data centre region is an integral part of the company’s $1.1 billion investment plan in Mexico over the next five years, Microsoft revealed.
The company plans to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create societal impact and is set to launch the project “Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Pelagic Sharks in the Mexican Pacific Ocean”, which will focus on the conservation of Mako shark species, driven by Mexico Azul, as part of the initiative AI for Earth, creating societal impact.
Microsoft said that it sees an enormous opportunity for the cloud to accelerate innovation, support people across the country working to transform their businesses, explore new entrepreneurship opportunities and help solve some of Mexico’s most difficult challenges.
The company explained that it plans to establish a new cloud data centre region in Mexico to deliver cloud services, expanding Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure to 57 cloud regions in 22 countries, with the option of data residency in the country.
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“The new data centre region in our country will provide intelligent services to help companies innovate in their industries,” said Enrique Perezyera, general manager Microsoft Mexico.
“The skilling program not only benefits government institutions, businesses and society at large, it also shows the importance of Mexico as a leader in the adoption of artificial intelligence, cloud and other technologies in Latin America.
“Over the next five years, we will invest in these and other initiatives including events to foster innovation and skilling for developers, start-ups, organisations in general.
“There is only one future, and it will be digital. Mexico is well-positioned to harness the power of new technologies, and by jointly working with Microsoft, the country will make this future a reality.”
The company added that the local data centre infrastructure is set to benefit small, medium and large business and the start-ups ecosystem and stimulates economic development for both customers and partners alike.
The new data centre cloud region in Mexico will be part of Microsoft’s effort to reduce its carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for its direct emissions and for its entire supply chain and value, by 2050.
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