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With Brazil's general data law protection, Microsoft announces a new data center in the country

The company is installing its 65 cloud region in Rio de Janeiro

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  • For six years, Microsoft has been investing in expanding local operations;
  • The Brazil Southeast Region will be based in Rio de Janeiro.

During a videoconference on Tuesday, Microsoft announced the expansion of its cloud infrastructure with a new data center in Latin America. The Brazil Southeast Region will be based in Rio de Janeiro.

The company will offer cloud services – Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Power Platform – in the new Brazil Southeast Region, with Azure available from today, Microsoft 365 available by the end of this year, and Dynamics 365 and Power Platform on the first half of 2021.

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For six years, Microsoft has been investing in expanding local operations, as reported by Tânia Cosentino, president of Microsoft Brazil. Customer requirements and regulations such as the LGPD (General Data Protection Law) caused the company to install another data center in Brazil. “With financial regulations and data regulations (not only the database but the replication of the data must remain within the country) it was necessary to create new availability zones,” she said.

We are bringing new services to help companies that are installed here in Brazil to use all these applications and services to embrace AI, transform their businesses and compete on a global scale, in addition to meeting local regulations

Tânia Cosentino, president of Microsoft Brazil

Microsoft also said it will launch Azure Availability Zones to support cloud applications for workloads for Brazilian customers in the region in 2021. Availability Zones are isolated fault locations in an Azure region, providing redundant power, cooling, and networking, in addition to supporting applications with greater availability and error tolerance for data center failures.

Microsoft started operations in Brazil 31 years ago and launched its first data center region in 2014, in the state of São Paulo. Since then, Microsoft’s ecosystem in Brazil has grown to 25,000 partners.

As part of Microsoft’s global commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, the company will transition 100% of its data centers’ energy supply to renewable sources by 2025.

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With the new region, Microsoft’s global cloud now has 65 cloud regions worldwide, serving more than 1 billion customers in more than 90 countries. “With the acceleration of digital transformation and customers embracing technology, it was necessary for us to deliver the speed of services and enable the exchange of data between the different servers of our customers in a fast way. For it to be fluid for us, it was we need to be located close to our customers. That’s why we’ve had a data center for years,” she said.

Cosentino says that the cloud area grows and changes every day. “We have new regulations, the evolution of our customers, and news that comes from our research and development center. So it was necessary to continuously invest in our data centers and infrastructures”, she commented.

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She points out that when a company expands the infrastructure network, more jobs are generated throughout the chain. “The moment you expand your infrastructure, you serve the customer better, you serve the government, schools, hospitals better. That’s why we decided to invest because we believe that bringing Brazil to global competitiveness is necessary”.

Using AI to protect the Brazilian Amazon

Also in the videoconference, Microsoft, in collaboration with Vale and Imazon, announced that it will use advanced Artificial Intelligence resources to monitor deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest during the next dry season in 2021. The idea is that it will be possible to predict the areas of deforestation most likely with predictive indicators such as illegal open roads in forest regions and satellite image data.

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