Microsoft’s continuous efforts to boost its cloud business is gathering steam with the latest announcement of a new region in Taiwan. The company has also made significant commitments under the “Reimagine Taiwan” initiative to develop its first data center in the region and upskill local talent. The goal is to educate over 200,000 people in digital skills by 2024.
In addition to this, Microsoft is also growing its Azure Hardware Systems and Infrastructure engineering group in the region. This step will set-up Taiwan as a hub in Asia that will encourage innovation in building advanced solutions involving AI, IoT, and edge computing solutions.
“Reimagine Taiwan” – A lucrative initiative
Microsoft has been present in Taiwan for more than 30 years and this new announcement will definitely accelerate digital transformation. As per a recent study by IDC, Microsoft (combining its ecosystem and cloud customers) will generate more than $10 billion in new revenue along with more than 30,000 jobs.
Jean-Phillippe Courtois, the Executive Vice President and President at Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, talked about the announcement in the official blog and stated, “technology has a critical role to play in supporting economic recovery and opportunity everywhere. Microsoft is committed to fostering local innovation to support digital transformation across the public and private sectors in Taiwan. Our new investment in Taiwan reflects our faith in its strong heritage of hardware and software integration. With Taiwan’s expertise in hardware manufacturing and the new datacenter region, we look forward to greater transformation, advancing what is possible with 5G, AI and IoT capabilities spanning the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.”
What will Microsoft bring to the Taiwanese cloud market?
Data resiliency is one of the top priorities for both sectors — public and private. Microsoft’s new infrastructure will help customers store data in Taiwan and will fulfill over 90 compliance checks to meet majority of regulatory standards. Microsoft has promised to run data centers solely on renewable energy by 2025. Taiwan’s new datacenters will completely run on renewable energy
The initiative to educate local talent will be delivered via different internship programs – STEM Education and Coding Angels. These internships will help youth, start-ups, enterprises, and non-profits set-up skill acquisition programs. A large pool of skilled cloud practitioners and advanced infrastructure will surely help Taiwan register a strong presence on the global map.