Microsoft expands cloud and data centre offering in Brazil

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Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has announced it is expanding its cloud infrastructure with a new data centre region in Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro.

The company unveiled ‘More for Brazil’, a plan to advance the country’s growth, employment opportunities and sustainability.

As part of the plan, Microsoft has expanded its cloud offering in the country, established an alliance with the Ministry of Economy to help job matching for up to 25 million workers, and is offering free digital skilling with the capacity to train up to 5.5 million people.

Microsoft will launch Azure Availability Zones in the existing region in Brazil South in 2021. Availability Zones are fault-isolated locations within an Azure region.

“Today marks another major milestone for Microsoft in Brazil. The Microsoft ‘More for Brazil’ initiative will support Brazilian citizens by providing skilling and improving discovery of employment opportunities in the digital economy, which is essential to overcome the employability challenges that have only increased due to the pandemic,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of sales, marketing and global operations of Microsoft.

“To support business growth and accelerate digital innovation, today we are also announcing the expansion of our cloud infrastructure in the country.”

The tech giants also announced a new effort to help protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation using AI.

Microsoft made the announcement at a digital event attended by Marcos Pontes, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations; Carlos da Costa, Special Secretary for Productivity, Employment and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economy; Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of Sales, Marketing and Global Operations of Microsoft, and Tânia Cosentino, President of Microsoft Brazil.

“Today’s announcement demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to supporting an inclusive economic recovery in Brazil,” said Tânia Cosentino, President of Microsoft Brazil.

“Through investments in skilling, expansion of our cloud infrastructure and commitment to supporting sustainability initiatives that preserve Brazil’s diverse ecosystem, we aim to promote new innovation and growth in the country.”

Microsoft began operations in Brazil 31 years ago and launched its first data centre region in São Paulo State in 2014.