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Microsoft to build Azure data centre region in Taiwan

Written by Wed 28 Oct 2020

Technology giant extends cloud service footprint to Taiwan

Microsoft is opening an Azure region in Taiwan and centralising Asian cloud operations on the island nation amid rising geopolitical tensions between US and China.

The cloud region will offer availability zones with independent power, network, and cooling mechanisms for accident resilience.

Taiwan, which though democratically-ruled is considered by China as part of its territory, will now serve as a regional development hub for Microsoft researchers to build new cloud and edge computing solutions for 5G, AI, and IoT.

“This is a very important day for Microsoft, as it is our biggest investment in Taiwan over the past 31 years of presence here,” said Microsoft Taiwan General Manager Ken Sun.

“Taiwan is a reliable partner to Microsoft as it has a complete information technology supply chain with resourceful talents. We also see cross-industry collaboration opportunities with semiconductors, telco, medical and other industries here.”

Microsoft, which has four data centres in China and one in Hong Kong, said the expansion of its cloud business into Taiwan will create 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and boost the economy by 300 billion New Taiwan dollars (£8.08bn) over the next four years.

The company is not the only US tech giant developing stronger relations with Taiwan. In September, Google announced plans to build a third data centre in the country as part of a $10bn (£7.7bn) tech investment in the nation. Taiwan has also encouraged Facebook to build a data centre on its soil.

“Microsoft’s investment marks a deeper collaboration between the U.S. and Taiwan,” said Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. “Taiwan has an irreplaceable edge in terms of high-end hardware manufacturing, and we are a reliable, safe partner for the U.S. and other advanced countries. Microsoft’s investment is key for us to enhance our collaboration with the international community and with the U.S,” he added.

Written by Wed 28 Oct 2020

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