What you need to know
- Microsoft will open four new data centers in China, according to a report.
- The additional data centers will improve the company's service capacity in Asia.
- Microsoft already has six data centers in China, which are operated by 2IVianet.
Microsoft will open four new data centers in China, according to a Bloomberg report. The tech giant already has six data centers in the country and will greatly increase its service capacity in Asia with the opening of four additional data centers.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced (opens in new tab) that it would "effectively double the capacity of Microsoft's intelligent cloud portfolio in China in the coming years." That announcement clarified that the company would open a new Azure Region in North China in 2022 through local operating partner 21Vianet, which already operates six Microsoft data centers in China.
A white paper cited by Microsoft in March states that the cloud market in China is expected to reach 300 billion RMB (about $46 billion) in 2023.
Microsoft has not shared a comment on the potential data centers at this time. While the company has not issued a statement about these new potential data centers, its comments from March illustrate the opportunity for expansion in China:
"Our intelligent, trustworthy, and neutral cloud platform has been empowering hundreds of thousands of developers, partners, and customers from both China and the world to achieve more with technical innovation and business transformation," said Alain Crozier, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Greater China Region. "The upcoming region will reinforce the capabilities to help further nurture local talents, stimulate local innovation, grow local technology ecosystems, and empower businesses in a wide range of industries to achieve more."
New data centers in China will allow Microsoft to deliver a better experience for Azure, Microsoft 365, and other services that rely on the cloud.
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It's gonna be a real shame when they lose all this investment after China gets slapped with additional (and well deserved) sanctions for their human rights abuses.
"neutral" One can only hope. Also, $46 B by 2023 in China? That's way smaller than I'd expect. Maybe that's just the private sector. Normal governments don't have Great Firewalls.
These datacentres will have to only house data from China and nowhere else in order to comply with Data Protection and GDPR laws. Just like data has to be housed in the Europe for people living in Europe especially in EU member nations. There is no opt out of this for corporations nor is there a opt-in through a forced weasel worded terms of service.
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