Microsoft to launch first Taiwan datacenter as a part of its “Reimagine Taiwan” initiative
Microsoft Corp. will establish its first cloud datacenter region in Taiwan as part of its “Reimagine Taiwan” initiative.
The datacenter will help customers to store data at rest in Taiwan and over 90 compliance certifications. It will meet a broad range of industry and regulatory entity standards, under Taiwan’s executive branch of government, the Executive Yuan.
Microsoft is also growing its Taiwan Azure Hardware Systems and their Infrastructure Engineering group. Microsoft Taiwan will become a hub in Asia for innovation. The hub will specialise in designing and building advanced cloud software and hardware infrastructure spanning AI, IoT and edge solutions.
It’s estimated that Microsoft’s first cloud datacenter region in Taiwan will enable over 200,000 people in Taiwan to have digital upskilling by 2024.
Microsoft has made a global commitment to be carbon negative by 2030. The company is encouraging its ecosystem and suppliers to be environmentally sustainable. By 2025, they power all of their datacenters via renewable energy.
US$10 billion for Taiwan economy
Microsoft has outline ambitious plans to help grow new tech talent that will increase future employability opportunities for the people of Taiwan. A recent IDC study said that, over the next four years, Microsoft’s ecosystem and cloud customers could generate more than US$10 billion in new revenue and add over 30,000 jobs to the Taiwan economy.
Via a press release, Ken Sun, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan said, “I’m confident that providing access to scalable, low-latency, and secure cloud services will equip Taiwan’s public and private sectors with the latest AI and IoT technologies, while meeting the highest cybersecurity, data residency and compliance standards. Building a world-class, enterprise grade cloud marks an important step toward the digitalization of Taiwan’s key industries. Microsoft is committed to fuelling innovation and economic growth in Taiwan as it transforms into the next Asian technology hub.”
Over the past 30 years, Microsoft has already made many investments into Taiwan, including;
- An IoT Innovation Center;
- An AI Research and Development Center;
- A Startup Accelerator, and;
- An IoT Center of Excellence.
Thus far, Microsoft have had partnerships with Taiwan companies, including:
- Chunghwa Telecom,
- Delta Electronics,
- FarEasTone Telecommunications,
- TECO Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd,
- Trend Micro,
- Taiwan Mobile and
- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
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