Microsoft aims to expand its cloud capacity in Europe

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 04 October 2016
Microsoft aims to expand its cloud capacity in Europe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and president Brad Smith have revealed details of the significant investment the company has made in its cloud presence in Europe.

The company has invested more than US$3 billion across Europe to date, and has more than doubled its cloud capacity in the continent in the past year.

Speaking at an event in Dublin, Ireland, as part of a four-day visit to Europe, Nadella said: “We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners. Building a global, trusted, intelligent cloud platform is core to our mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organisations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.”

Nadella said Microsoft intends to deliver the Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from multiple data centres in France from 2017. This move follows on from recently announced generally available Microsoft Cloud services from data centres in the UK and Germany.

Microsoft also has existing data centre hubs in Ireland, the Netherlands, Austria and Finland. These hubs are being used to help European customers use the Microsoft cloud to enhance their business.

And the opportunity is being seized. In the UK, the Ministry of Defence will use Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure cloud services as part of the UK government’s digital transformation agenda.

In Ireland, the country’s Health Service Executive is investing in a ‘digital fabric’ to help build a better health service and increase patient safety. Part of this is the creation of a secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. This will add a single unique identifier for all patients in Ireland, and create single electronic health records for all mothers and babies, create one national lab system, and make a digital identity for health workers across the system in the country.

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