Microsoft Corp has announced plans to expand its datacenter in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. The giant software firm said it would infuse another €170 million ($240 million) in investment in its facility in Dublin. This would translate to a broader capacity of its cloud computing service Windows Azure in those areas.
This proposed expanded capacity of its cloud computing service would help meet burgeoning demand in the region. The company aims to transform the way its regional customers use and deliver IT. It also boasted that the service has been enjoying massive adoption since Azure was relaunched last year. It now serves about 54% of Fortune 500 companies.
Timely and necessary expansion
This would be the second expansion of the Dublin datacenter since its opening in 2009. The first was announced in February 2012 and was completed that same year. It would bring the company’s overall investment in the project to €594 million ($819 million). The expansion would build a new complex within the Dublin site. That would be connected with the current structure to create more spaces for the datacenter for Azure’s growing presence in Northern Europe.
The expansion is set to create about 380 construction jobs. It would pave the way for hiring additional 20 people to join the current workforce of about 80 people, who are already based at the current facility.
The latest plans for expansion could be used as an evidence of continuously growing demand for the cloud services. It covers not just Windows Azure but also Office 365. This new project would also highlight the company’s continued commitment to invest and innovate in the region.
Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore of Ireland welcomed this new planned investment. He asserted that it could be taken as a new testament to the suitability of his country for hosting and supporting such high-tech businesses. If the proposed timetable is followed, the expanded cloud computing capacity would be completed by Spring next year. The datacenter also takes advantage of cool outside air that is natural in Ireland.
Windows Azure is a platform that is primarily used to deliver cloud-based services of Microsoft. Demand for the service has been increasing due to the continuous rise in popularity of services like Office 365, which was released earlier this year and has since become the fastest uptake in the history of the company.