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Microsoft will invest $1B in Malaysia to set up data centres

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Microsoft will invest $1B in Malaysia to set up data centres. Source: news.microsoft.com

Microsoft has announced its “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative that marks the establishment of its first data center region in the country. Microsoft also announced plans to skill an additional 1 million Malaysians by end of 2023 to help create economic opportunities for people and businesses in the digital era.

We are proud to cement our partnership with the nation to accelerate its digital economy. Public-private partnerships are key enablers to propel Malaysia’s digital economy forward. Microsoft’s Bersama Malaysia initiative reflects our joint commitment in support of the nation’s MyDigital aspirations, as we empower every person and every organization in Malaysia to achieve more. With over 200 employees and 2,000 partners in the country, we will continue to support a digitally-enabled government, empower businesses to build resilience digitally, and bridge the digital opportunities for Malaysians. Together, we stand with Malaysia
K Raman, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia

Microsoft will establish its first data center region in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area and deliver access to the full Microsoft Cloud, which includes:

  • Microsoft Azure, enabling anyone to invent with purpose using cloud services and capabilities that span computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI, and Internet of Things;
  • Microsoft 365, to connect, collaborate, work remotely and learn online with innovative productivity tools;
  • Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, to rapidly build and manage critical enterprise business solutions at scale with intelligent business applications.

The new datacenter region will also deliver Azure Availability Zones, providing additional resilience options for highly available applications, and support Microsoft’s sustainability goals. Microsoft has a global commitment to shift to a 100% supply of renewable energy by 2025.

This means Microsoft will have power purchase agreements for green energy contracted for 100 percent of carbon-emitting electricity consumed by all its data centers, buildings, and campuses, including the planned Malaysia datacenter region.

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