Microsoft to expand European presence with new data centers for France in 2017

At an event in Dublin focusing on the cloud and government policies regarding the cloud, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella along with President & Chief Legal Office, Brad Smith shared a few new details regarding Microsoft’s direction for Europe.

Microsoft's Satya Nadella on stage

According to Nadella, Microsoft has more than doubled its capacity for cloud services in Europe over the last one year and has invested over 3 billion$ across Europe to date.

For 2017, Nadella announced that Microsoft would be expanding capacity for its data centres in the U.K., Netherlands, Germany, and Ireland – with new data centres coming up for France.

In a press release, President of Microsoft France Vahe Torossian said:

“This new Microsoft Cloud in France will offer the same high standards of performance and enterprise reliability that customers expect worldwide, combined with the location of data on French soil to facilitate corporate digital transformation and organizations in France.”

Microsoft plans to offer Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 services from these new French datacentres. The exact location for these data centres has not been specified yet, except that they would be on French soil.

At the event, Nadella also launched a new policy roadmap that Microsoft is calling ‘A Cloud for Global Good,’ discussing & proposing a set of ideas and policy considerations to build a more responsible, trusted and inclusive cloud.

Microsoft has already been building data centres across the world. By building local data centres, Microsoft can win the confidence of local governments and businesses who would prefer keeping their data within the country they operate.

This concern is especially growing considering the Americans prefer having direct access to your data, rather than your permission to access said data.

U.K.’s Ministry of Defence has already started using Microsoft services after Microsoft opened three new data centres last month – in fact, they were the ones who proposed the idea.

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