Microsoft is planning a new data center region and new office space spanning 90 acres of land in the Atlanta area that will make the region one of the company’s largest hubs in the U.S.
In two blog posts, company executives laid out the plan for its next U.S. datacenter in the Georgia counties of Fulton and Douglas, which calls for 2,500 employees across the region to start as the company builds out the facilities in Quarry Yards and Quarry Hills.
The new data center region, East U.S. 3, is in response to growing customer demand, said Noelle Walsh, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of cloud operations and innovations, in a blog.
“The new datacenter region will deliver world-class data security and privacy as well as faster access and our broadest range of Microsoft Azure cloud services to customers in the immediate region and will be available to customers across the U.S. and around the world,” Walsh writes, adding that the new data center region will help support remote work, collaboration and innovation.
The data center region will deliver Azure Availability Zones that enable cloud applications to be highly available and tolerant to data center failures, according to Walsh.
According to Microsoft, Availability Zones are “unique physical locations with independent power, network and cooling,” each comprised of one or more datacenters that houses infrastructure to support “highly available, mission-critical applications.” This makes them “tolerant to datacenter failures through redundancy and logical isolation of services.”
In addition to improving the company’s cloud infrastructure, the investment in Georgia will also include building affordable housing on a quarter of the 90 acres, programs designed to develop digital skills in the local community, support for local higher education institutions, affordable broadband and support for other non-profit organizations, President Brad Smith wrote in a blog.
The company has announced more than 60 datacenter regions around the world, each comprising multiple data centers.
“Datacenters are part of today’s critical infrastructure—providing reliable and scalable compute power for online transactions, conference calls, virtual classrooms, supply chain and inventory management, internet searches, and much more around the world,” Walsh wrote.
“We are continuing to build our cloud infrastructure to support the growing demand for cloud services for business continuity, innovation, and collaboration.”