Microsoft is continually making international investments to expand its digital and physical footprint and yesterday, the company made its most "most significant investment in its 30-year history in Denmark."
In a press release on the Microsoft Stories Europe website, the company announced a new sustainable data center in Denmark. According to Microsoft, the new data center is part of the company's #DigitalLeapDenmark initiative that is not only intended to spark growth of Danish enterprises but do so while using 100 percent renewable energy.
Microsoft is estimating that its Denmark servers can be up to 93 percent more energy efficient than traditional enterprise data centers, an evaluation given by advisory and investment company The Footprint Firm which helps companies move toward "climate-positive" and sustainable solutions.
More specifically, the Denmark data center will help provide Danish customers access to the Microsoft Cloud at much faster speeds by mitigating distance-related complications.
“This is a proud day for Microsoft in Denmark. Building a hyper-scale data center in Denmark means we’ll store Danish data in Denmark, make computing more accessible at even faster speeds, secure data with our world-class security, protect data with Danish privacy laws, and do more to provide to the people of Denmark our best digital skills training. This investment reflects our deep appreciation of Denmark’s green and digital leadership globally and our commitment to its future.” -” Brad Smith, President, Microsoft.
Part of Microsoft's Denmark investment comes with a pledge to bring "digital upskilling to 200,000 Danes," which includes various training programs, certifications, digital education opportunities, and job-seeking tools. With over 2,000 partners collaborating with Microsoft in the area the company's "upskilling" efforts should result in higher-paying more sought-after jobs over time for more Danes.