Microsoft to establish its first datacentre region in New Zealand

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Accelerate growth of digital transformation

Microsoft plans to establish its first datacentre region in New Zealand and will be the latest addition to its existing datacentre portfolio in 60 other regions, with Microsoft Azure being available in over 140 countries.

The vendor plans to also continue its investments in new solutions that support both New Zealand and Microsoft’s sustainability goals and add support for educational skilling programs.

Vanessa Sorenson, general manager, Microsoft New Zealand the significant investment in New Zealand’s digital infrastructure “investment will help accelerate digital evolution.”

Through the development of the new region, public– and private–sector entities, large enterprises, and small and medium-size businesses will be able to use scalable, highly available and resilient public cloud services, while also helping companies meet their data residency, security and compliance needs.

Once the datacentre is up and running, customers will have access to Microsoft’s cloud services, including:

  • Microsoft Azure – an ever-expanding set of cloud services that offers computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI and Internet of Things (IoT) services.
  • Microsoft 365 – the world’s productivity cloud, featuring best-of-breed productivity apps delivered as part of an open platform for business processes with email, collaboration, conferencing, enterprise social networking and business intelligence.
  • Dynamics 365 and Power Platform – intelligent business applications that enable organisations to grow, evolve and transform to meet the needs of customers and capture new opportunities.
  • Built-In Trust and Security – an industry-leading portfolio of government and industry certificationsand world-class security as well as a commitment from Microsoft to store customer data at rest in New Zealand.

Microsoft currently works with NZ organisations like, Fonterra — a dairy co-operative, which exports products to about 140 countries.

Piers Shore CIO at Fonterra said, the announcement will “bring even more cutting-edge technology to our co-operative and the New Zealand technology ecosystem”.

“This in turn will help us leverage technology to create value for our farmer owners and unit holders, and Fonterra customers around the world,” he said.


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