What you need to know
- Microsoft announced plans for a new datacenter region in Hyderabad, Telangana, India
- It will be Microsoft's fourth datacenter region in India, joining the existing regions of Pune, Mumbai, and Chennai.
- Microsoft did not confirm the cost of the datacenter, though reports indicate that the price could be $2 billion.
Microsoft just announced that it will launch a fourth datacenter region in India. The new region will be in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and it will be the largest datacenter investment in the country from Microsoft. While the tech giant has not confirmed the price of its investment, reports claim the cost will be $2 billion (via Reuters).
"I am extremely delighted that Microsoft chose Hyderabad as the destination for its largest datacenter investment in India," said Minister Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Industries & Commerce, and Information Technology, Government of Telangana Shri. KT Rama Rao. "This will also be one of the largest foreign direct investments (FDIs) the state has attracted. Microsoft and Telangana have a long history, with Hyderabad hosting one of the largest Microsoft offices in the world, and I am happy to see the relationship grow."
Microsoft already has datacenter regions in India in Pune, Mumbai, and Chennai. According to IDC, Microsoft's datacenter regions brought $9.5 billion in revenue to the economy between 206 and 2020 (via Microsoft). The news post announcing the new region also highlights that an estimated 1.5 million jobs were created by the current datacenter regions.
"Today's commitment to the people and businesses of India will position the country among the world's digital leaders," said Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & Information Technology of India Rajeev Chandrasekhar. "A Microsoft datacenter region provides a competitive advantage to our digital economy and is a long-term investment in our country's potential. The cloud is transforming every industry and sector. The investment in skilling will empower India's workforce today and into the future."
Once completed, the Hyderabad datacenter region will work with all of Microsoft's cloud technologies, including AI, productivity tools, and data solutions.
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