Microsoft announced a plan to build the first data center in Central and Eastern Europe in Poland. The value of the entire investment project of the company is to exceed $1 billion.
In addition to the construction of a data center in Poland, Microsoft's plan also provides for launching programs to increase competence in the field of cloud computing, where the company is expected to hire about 150,000 of Polish employees. As Microsoft announced, it will be the largest technology investment in Poland so far.
"The Microsoft global cloud computing available in the country will ensure an ever greater use of technology opportunities, faster innovation implementation and will bring more benefits to public institutions and companies from key sectors, as well as the dynamically growing Polish startup community," Jean-Phillippe Courtois, Microsoft Vice President said.
The new data center region will join Microsoft's global infrastructure, which includes 59 cloud regions ensuring the availability of the Microsoft Azure service in over 140 countries. It will allow local access to the full range of services in the company's cloud.
“We should remember that according to research Eurostat cloud adaptation in Poland is at the level of 11.5 percent Decisions on the use of cloud computing will undoubtedly allow companies to apply more daring, innovative solutions and at the same time achieve measurable business benefits – they will allow reducing investment in IT infrastructure, ensure scalability of new solutions, and reduce time needed to implement new applications and open new possibilities in the field of data analysis,” Karol Mazurek, Managing Director, Accenture, commented.