Microsoft has introduced it’s constructing new knowledge centres in Greece as a part of a brand new digital transformation initiative – representing the subsequent step in its European growth.
The ‘GR for GRowth’ initiative – capitalisation theirs – will assist set up a Microsoft cloud area in Greece, in addition to a comittment to coach up roughly 100,000 folks in digital applied sciences by 2025.
The construct will embody the standard trinkets of Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365. Microsoft additionally pledged to shift to 100% renewable power for its knowledge centres by 2025 as a part of its wider dedication to be carbon unfavourable by 2030, echoing related claims made lately by Google Cloud.
Microsoft president Brad Smith mentioned it was the most important funding the corporate had made within the nation ‘by a big margin.’
“Partly, this displays confidence that our world-leading knowledge centre expertise will help allow innovation and development throughout Greece’s financial system,” mentioned Smith. “As well as, this huge funding displays our optimism about Greece’s future, its forward-leaning authorities, and the nation’s ongoing financial restoration.”
Over the previous yr, Microsoft has invested in varied European nations, both constructing out cloud areas or as a part of partnerships. In Could, following from Google, Microsoft launched a $1 billion cloud and digital transformation plan for Poland, including to added availability in Germany and Switzerland final September. In February, Microsoft and Oracle introduced the launch of a brand new cloud interconnect in Amsterdam.
The announcement means Microsoft now has 63 knowledge centre areas globally, both operational or within the works. In Europe, Greece is now the 12th nation with a presence, alongside France, Germany, Eire (North Europe), Israel, Italy, Netherlands (West Europe), Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. Of those, all bar Israel, Italy, Poland and Spain are absolutely open.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, prime minister of Greece, mentioned the dedication to the folks and companies of Greece would “place the nation among the many digital leaders of Europe.”
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