Microsoft said it would create its first datacentre region in Italy under a $1.5 billion investment plan as the U.S. company expands its cloud computing services to more locations across the world.
Microsoft’s rival Amazon Web Services (AWS) last week opened a datacentre region in Milan, while in March Google sealed a partnership with Telecom Italia to expand cloud business operations in Italy.
Jean-Philippe Courtois, Microsoft’s head of global sales, marketing and operations, said the company saw enormous potential to accelerate innovation through cloud services.
The new datacentre region will be based in the Milan area, joining Microsoft’s other 60 regions announced globally.
In February, Microsoft announced plans to open a new datacentre region in Spain and earlier this week the company said it would invest $1 billion in Poland as part of plans to open a data centre to provide cloud services to businesses and institutions.
Microsoft, under a five-year plan, will provide access to local cloud services and launch digital skilling and smart-working and artificial intelligence programs for small and medium enterprises in Italy.
The company will expand its technology partnership with state-controlled postal operator Poste Italiane, helping the company to accelerate its digital transformation.