Microsoft increases European cloud investment to $3 billion, announces new datacenters

Abhishek Baxi

As part of the significant investment Microsoft is making in cloud computing in Europe, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith kicked off their four-day visit to showcase customers’ digital transformation, announce cloud investments, and discuss cloud policy.

The digital transformation tour will include stops in Dublin, Paris, Berlin, and London, during which time Microsoft’s leaders will meet with European customers, partners, developers and government leaders.

During his keynote in Dublin earlier today, Satya Nadella stated that Microsoft has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year and has invested over $3 billion across Europe to date, helping customers from all across Europe innovate in their industries and move their businesses to the cloud while  “meeting European data sovereignty, security, and compliance needs.”

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 organization on the planet to achieve more. There’s never been a better time for organizations across Europe to seize new growth and opportunity with the Microsoft Cloud.

– Satya Nadella

Microsoft also announced plans to offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365 from multiple datacenter locations in France starting 2017.

Microsoft currently offers regional Microsoft cloud services from datacenters in the United Kingdom (Microsoft Azure and Office 365) and Germany (Microsoft Azure with Office 365 planned for early 2017). The company runs datacenter hubs in the Netherlands and Ireland as well as Austria and Finland.

Microsoft also released a new book titled ‘A Cloud for Global Good’ that details public policy recommendations.