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Microsoft supports cloud infrastructure demand in Europe

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Demand for cloud infrastructure continues to grow, especially in Europe, as organizations focus on migrating to the cloud and building new solutions that take advantage of AI. Microsoft is expanding our cloud infrastructure to support this demand and power more AI capabilities for customers.

This includes additional infrastructure at new and existing datacenters, deploying the most advanced AI accelerators from NVIDIA and AMD, alongside our own custom AI accelerator capabilities, faster networking and storage solutions, and optimized computing infrastructure. We are also working to make Microsoft Azure the best home for any enterprise workload, whether migrating existing workloads to the cloud easier or bringing SAP or Oracle Database Services into Azure.

Expanding our datacenter regions in Europe

Microsoft has over 60 datacenter regions across the globe, more than any other cloud provider. Each Azure geography contains one or more regions and meets specific data residency and compliance requirements. This lets them keep their business-critical data and apps nearby on fault-tolerant, high-capacity networking infrastructure.

European businesses are enmeshed in the global economy, exporting goods and services around the world. So, it’s important they have access to a cloud footprint that is as global as their customer base, and which provides the same ability to seamlessly scale abroad as they can at home.

We are investing in a significant expansion in specific European regions, which will make them our largest datacenter regions on the continent.

These regions are the best place for new customers to begin their cloud journey, and for existing customers to grow their cloud footprint in Europe—with some of the best cost efficiencies and most comprehensive set of services. They will play a pivotal role in our European AI strategy, while continuing to meet European data boundary requirements. We have begun similar investment expansions for Italy North, which recently launched, and for Spain Central, which will launch in the coming months. These regions will quickly grow to have similar size and capabilities as the three regions above, over the next year or two.

This infrastructure investment will help a need for efficient, scalable, and sustainable AI-specific compute power and the needs of the private and public sector waiting to take advantage of the latest cloud and AI breakthroughs. It is critical that this growth and innovation does not come at the expense of the planet. Microsoft’s datacenters are designed to be sustainable and support our goals of being carbon negative, water positive, and zero waste. We believe AI will play a key role in tackling the climate crisis, and capabilities like Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability can help customers quantify carbon impact and measure optimizations.

While these regions offer cost savings, broad availability of services, and the capability to achieve long-term business growth, we have many additional regions across Europe that offer a cloud solution for every customer need. From network latency requirements to disaster recovery, compliance and data residency—such as the European Union (EU) Data Boundary, within which Microsoft has empowered our commercial customers to store and process their data securely within the EU. This list will continue to grow with our next European datacenter regions on the horizon in Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Finland, and Greece.

Choosing the right cloud architecture for your organization

In designing a strategy to use Microsoft Azure, customers can choose from many Azure regions around the world. Region selection is a key part of the overall approach to cloud adoption. There are some important decisions our customers need to consider in choosing the region right for them.

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Azure geographies

Find the Azure geography that meets your needs.

Identify when you’re optimizing for cost

There are many variables that help us determine the price of services in a region, including cost of land, labor, and energy. You can realize cost savings whether you’re migrating your first workload or fine-tuning complex deployments. Use the pricing calculator to find the most cost-effective Azure region for your workloads.

Take a multi-region approach

With the additional investments we are making in Europe, customers now have additional options to scale while navigating market changes to their business. Our customers can consider a multi-region architecture to help optimize workloads, reduce costs, and help scale their business, while still meeting European data compliance and regulatory requirements.

Understand your regulatory and compliance requirements

Organizations with specific data residency requirements, or other regulatory or compliance needs can choose the region(s) that help them meet those requirements. Microsoft’s commitment to our European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) customers, help them process and store customer data in their region.

Don’t reinvent the wheel

Leverage the Cloud Adoption Framework to achieve your cloud adoption goals. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that help you create and implement business and technology strategies for the cloud.

Follow the Well Architected Framework to optimize an individual workload. It provides guidance for solution architects to build reliable, secure, and performant workloads that maximize the value of investment in Azure infrastructure.

Supporting our customers

As organizations and governments across the world are using the cloud to digitally transform and drive innovation, at Microsoft we remain committed to building a cloud infrastructure that supports the success of customers in the era of AI. Learn more about our Europe datacenter regions.