Microsoft is launching the first cloud data storing and processing center in Central and Eastern Europe: Azure Poland Central. The technology giant announced on Wednesday that its new center in Poland will allow businesses to store valuable digital assets, ensuring compliance with regulations regarding data storage and processing.
“The cloud is a crucial contributor to accelerating the digitization and developing digital competence of Polish businesses and the overall economy, as well as strengthening their resilience in times of economic and geopolitical uncertainty, the American technology company wrote in a statement.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki welcomed Microsoft’s investment, saying it will turn Poland into a tech hub for Central and Eastern Europe. Morawiecki participated in a special panel discussion during the European Economic Congress in Katowice, southern Poland.
“We want to be at the forefront of countries that are developing cloud technologies,” he said.
Ralph Haupter, president of Microsoft for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, highlighted Microsoft’s 30-year presence in Poland; the company employs over 500 people and cooperates with more than 8,000 partners that introduce its technologies to Polish companies.
Haupter also noted the importance of improving digital skills within Europe’s workforce; he added that Microsoft has trained over 430,000 IT specialists, business representatives, partners, and students since the investment announcement in 2020.
“Connecting Poland to the largest trusted global cloud infrastructure supports the country’s resilience and the development of the Polish Digital Valley,” said the Microsoft director.