Microsoft has reached more than $3 billion in cloud infrastructure investments that support the company’s efforts to meet demand from European partners and clients.
Microsoft said Monday the company plans to offer its cloud computing platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from France-based data centers in 2017.
“We continue to invest heavily in cloud infrastructure to meet the growing demand from European customers and partners,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
The company added the investments — which include data centers across U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria and Finland — will help customers migrate to the cloud and meet European data sovereignty, security and compliance standards.
European customers of Microsoft’s cloud services include the U.K. defense ministry, the Renault–Nissan alliance, Ireland's Health Service Executive and ZF.
Microsoft also launched a book titled “A Cloud for Global Good” that contains 78 public policy recommendations in 15 categories that aim to help cloud technologies become trustworthy, responsible and inclusive.
The book also includes topics such as next-generation skills, security and privacy in the digital age and environmental sustainability, among others, Microsoft noted.