With the need for proper internet connectivity skyrocketing worldwide in the era of COVID-19, establishment of more data centers is expected to enable various tech giants to undertake necessary developmental strategies and tactics.
One of the leading software and technology behemoths, Microsoft has recently unveiled its plans of spending hefty amounts on building a whopping 50 to 100 new data centers yearly with expectations to boost its Microsoft Azure data center presence into 10 new countries by 2021 end.
The novel investment plan was revealed at the launch of Microsoft’s new data center virtual tour experience, which offers a free online tour of a Microsoft data center that highlights the firm’s investments in sustainability, security, reliability, and innovation.
It has been claimed that the Washington-based software giant has, however, not disclosed the locations of all its new planned data centers. Nevertheless, official sources close to the company have revealed that the organization plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years in Malaysia to establish several data center regions.
Most importantly, Microsoft is also looking forward to building new data centers everywhere right from Fulton County, Georgia, and Texas, to Israel, as it continues to expand its Azure cloud offerings worldwide.
Commenting on the tentative plans, Noelle Walsh, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, mentioned that the firm is on pace to build 50 to 100 new data centers each year for the foreseeable tech future. However, Walsh did not lay focus on information if the new data center goals included renovations to older facilities, consolidations, or collaborations with other entities and organizations.
For the record, Microsoft led the United States in 2020 in renting more data center capacity than any other company in the country. In fact, it leased 178 MW of capacity in Virginia alone in various data centers, while also leasing in other large U.S. markets including Phoenix and the Bay Area.