Microsoft expands cloud and AI footprint in Southeast Asia with new Thailand data center

Microsoft is expanding its presence in Southeast Asia with the opening of a new data center in Thailand. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced the new data center and other commitments to the region, including AI skills training for over 100,000 people and support for local developers.

Nadella said in a Microsoft press release that “Thailand has an incredible opportunity to build an AI-powered future. These investments will help drive impact and growth in Thailand’s public and private sectors.”

Microsoft is also committed to training over 100,000 people in AI skills and supporting local developers. The company did not disclose the exact amount of its investment in Southeast Asia.

The Redmond giant had previously said it would invest $1.7 billion in Indonesia over the next four years to build new cloud and AI infrastructure.

According to Microsoft, there is a growing demand for cloud services in Thailand, which will allow the country to capitalize on the economic and productivity opportunities presented by AI.

The rise of AI has increased demand for cloud services and data centers, as large amounts of data are needed to train AI models, and the cloud provides access to vast datasets.

Microsoft has broader plans to train 2.5 million people in ASEAN (including Thailand and Indonesia) in AI skills by 2025.

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