Microsoft has announced a significant commitment to drive local innovation and growth in Austria, including plans to establish its first data center region in the country. In addition to this, Microsoft introduced a new Center of Digital Excellence to modernize Austria’s IT infrastructure, public governmental services and industry innovation.
To make Austria a cloud region
The company also make investments in new community resources to boost innovation and digital skilling for approximately 120,000 Austrians by 2024. Microsoft President Brad Smith made the announcement at the Austrian Federal Chancellery alongside Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digitization and Economic Affairs and Dorothee Ritz, General Manager of Microsoft Austria.
Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, said,
“Microsoft’s decision to make Austria a cloud region is a great opportunity for Austrian business and represents a decisive competitive advantage. Austria should become the European frontrunner in the field of digitization, which also requires the expansion of the digital infrastructure. I would like to thank Microsoft for its commitment to our country, domestic companies and their employees in particular who will benefit.”
Microsoft Cloud in Austria
The Austrian data center region will join Microsoft’s global-scale cloud, now totaling 64 regions announced, with Microsoft Azure available in over 140 countries. Furthermore, companies will have access to Microsoft’s full set of cloud services, all built on a foundation of trust:
- Microsoft Azure: An ever-expanding set of cloud services that offers computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI and IoT services.
- Microsoft 365: The world’s productivity cloud that delivers best-of-breed productivity apps integrated through cloud services and delivered as part of an open platform for business processes.
- Dynamics 365 and Power Platform: The next generation of intelligent business applications that enable organizations to grow, evolve and transform to meet the needs of customers and capture new opportunities.
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