Microsoft to Inaugurate Queretaro Data CenterBy Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Wed, 02/23/2022 - 17:25
Two years after committing US$1.1 billion to drive Mexico’s digital transformation, Microsoft announced the completion of its Cloud Center Region in Queretaro but failed to confirm an exact launch date. At an operational level, the data center will become the home of the Office, Azure, Dynamic and Power platforms, and create employment opportunities while supporting Mexico’s digital transformation.
“This project will provide comprehensive, secure, reliable and scalable services through the Microsoft cloud in order to help all organizations take full advantage of digitalization and promote their digital transformation,” reads text excerpt.
Also outlined in the report was Microsoft’s progress in strengthening the employability of incoming generations through its Virtual Innovation program, which has helped train over 145,000 students and certifies 4,000 of them in Azure’s AZ-9000. After meeting its initial commitment to partner with three public institutions to nurture the development of skills, Microsoft announced plans to establish another lab in Guanajuato.
Ultimately the company has poured in millions to nurture the talent needed to support its penetration into Mexico’s digital ecosystem, a multi-billion-dollar emerging market. To both expand its market penetration and support the country’s digital transformation, Microsoft has partnered with BBVA, Meta and the Mexican Ministry of Economy to offer SMEs the information and tools needed to strengthen their resilience and flexibility.
“With a vision that focuses on progress, Innovate for Mexico has generated a series of critical benefits for the economy and society, giving Mexicans the instruments and support they need to make technology an axis of growth at the national level,” reads the excerpt.
Microsoft’s concerted effort to invest in ESG projects in Mexico could be a successful mechanism to build consumer confidence over other cloud service providers such as Amazon and Oracle, which also announced similar projects in Queretaro. As Mexico’s business community continues to digitalize, all regional players are vying both for qualified talent and the opportunity to tap into the country´s high-potential remunerative market.