Microsoft recently made public the news of expanding its data center footprint by adding New Zealand as one of its preferred regions.

With the new data center in the country, customers will now be able to store their data locally.

The tech giant stated, with New Zealand in the list, the global data center footprint totals 60, along with Microsoft Azure being available in more than 140 countries.

The new data center looks extremely promising as it opens access for customers in New Zealand to Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Power Platform. Microsoft also assured that the new facility in the country would have customer data stored in New Zealand.

Microsoft expressed that the company was working in collaboration with Massey University and The Collaborative Studio to introduce i4 Accelerator, a dedicated education platform to deal with skills shortages by offering focused workplace-based training to bridge the gap in core industries such as manufacturing and technology.

Microsoft education lead Anne Taylor also threw light on the incredible rate of technological transformation that is taking place in the agrifood and fiber business and explained the importance of the education system to meet these requirements in an innovative way.

The agrifood and fiber business shows immense potential; however, players need to remain competitive and bank on brighter thinking and bigger ideas.

The expert note

Vanessa Sorenson, General Manager at Microsoft New Zealand, said, “This significant investment in New Zealand’s digital infrastructure is a testament to the remarkable spirit of New Zealand’s innovation and reflects how we’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible as a nation.”