Microsoft is expanding its datacenter reach in local regions. The company today announced plans to make cloud services available from datacenters in France. This means Microsoft Cloud users in the country will have locally held data for Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365. As with other expansions, the data will be held in multiple locations.
“We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organizations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.”
Nadella was speaking at a keynote address in Dublin, Ireland along with Microsoft president Brad Smith. At the event the pair also debuted the company’s e-book titled A Cloud for Global Good. The CEO was eager to discuss Microsoft’s cloud expansion in Europe. He pointed to a $3 billion investment to highlight the company’s commitment in the continent.
Microsoft is currently on something of a cloud tour of Europe. The company’s leaders, including Nadella, will also be visiting Paris, Berlin, and London. As well as meeting with customers and partners, the company will also meet with governments and developers.
The $3 billion investment has had dramatic effect as Microsoft Cloud has doubled its capacity in Europe during the last year. With increased reach, cloud services from Microsoft are being adopted by major clients.
In an official post, the company points to key partners. Among them are the UK Ministry of Defence, Ireland’s Health Service Executive, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
In July, Microsoft announced it was bringing cloud datacenter support to Canada, specifically Dynamics CRM integration. The company has also recently expanded its datacenter reach to the United Kingdom (Microsoft Azure and Office 365) and Germany (Microsoft Azure with Office 365 planned for early 2017).