Microsoft has declared plans to establish its first cloud data center region in Taiwan and a significant investment in local talent and development to provide digital skilling for over 200,000 people in Taiwan by 2024 to fuel its “Reimagine Taiwan” initiative.
“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 its expertise in hardware manufacturing and the new data center region, we look forward to greater transformation, advancing what is possible with 5G, AI and IoT capabilities spanning the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge,” said Jean-Phillippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.
Ken Sun, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan said, “I’m confident that providing access to scalable, low-latency, and secure cloud services will equip Taiwan’s public and private sectors with the latest AI and IoT technologies while meeting the highest cybersecurity, data residency and compliance standards. Building a world-class enterprise-grade cloud marks an important step toward the digitalization of its key industries. Microsoft is committed to fuelling innovation and economic growth in Taiwan as it transforms into the next Asian technology hub.”
Additionally, Microsoft is growing its Azure Hardware Systems and Infrastructure engineering group, which will establish Microsoft Taiwan as a hub in Asia for innovation in designing and building advanced cloud software and hardware infrastructure spanning AI, IoT and edge solutions.
The new investment adds to Microsoft’s significant and recent investments in Taiwan, including the IoT Innovation Center, AI Research and Development Center, Startup Accelerator and the IoT Center of Excellence. Also, Microsoft’s ambitious new skilling plan will help to cultivate and groom tech talent, increasing future employability opportunities for the people of Taiwan.
Microsoft will deliver highly secure and scalable cloud services that will help customers to re-imagine their businesses and innovate with confidence, adding it to its global-scale cloud, which now totals 66 cloud regions announced.