Microsoft Pledges Investment in Mexico
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, has outlined two major international moves by the global tech giant, one in Mexico, the other in the UK.
In a recent meeting with the president of Mexico, Nadella pledged $1 billion in investment money over the next two years “to support and promote education and digital inclusion” for micro, small and medium enterprises in Mexico’s high-tech sector.
The move, Nadella said, will highlight the company’s commitment to support the Mexico’s existing tech clusters in Queretaro, Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Puebla.
In short order, the Microsoft head announced plans on a visit to London to build two data centers in the UK next year. The move will reportedly allow the company to bid for cloud computing contracts involving sensitive government data, which it was restricted from providing before.
Addressing the issue of data sovereignty, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s cloud enterprise group chief, told the BBC that, “We’re always very clear that we don’t move data outside of a region that customers put it in. For some things like healthcare, national defense, and public sector workloads, there’s a variety of regulations that says the data has to stay in the UK.”
The new UK centers will open in 2016, one located “near London with the other elsewhere in the UK and bring the company’s tally of regional data centers to 26. Microsoft recently completed the expansion of existing data centers in Ireland and the Netherlands.