Microsoft launches its first datacenter area in Poland, bringing new alternatives to develop the digital financial system

It’s the subsequent key milestone to speed up innovation and digital transformation within the Polish Digital Valley.

At the moment, Microsoft introduced the opening of its latest trusted cloud area, the primary in Central and Jap Europe, positioned in Poland. Microsoft’s Polish cloud area consists of three impartial bodily places round Warsaw, every consisting of a number of datacenters. It ensures the best requirements of safety, privateness and regulatory-compliant knowledge storage within the nation. The launch of the Microsoft area is a continuation of the corporate’s greater than 30-year engagement with Poland and a dedication to proceed to assist the nation’s technological growth of society, enterprise and the financial system.

“Microsoft’s funding in Poland will speed up our nation’s transformation right into a know-how hub for the Central and Jap European area,” mentioned Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. “Due to the event of the Polish Digital Valley, a whole bunch of engineers and builders will have the ability to play a key function within the world financial system with out leaving the nation. That is accountable growth,” Morawiecki defined. He added that in occasions of financial and geopolitical uncertainty, it is usually crucial to take care of the best requirements of knowledge storage safety. “Constructing resilience on this regard is essential for the Polish financial system and society,” mentioned Morawiecki.

Digitization: reworking Poland’s organizations

The opening of the Polish cloud area is in response to rising demand for high-performance computing (HPC) and quick and dependable entry to Microsoft Cloud companies. The cloud is an important contributor to accelerating the digitization and creating digital competence of Polish companies and the general financial system, in addition to strengthening their resilience in occasions of financial and geopolitical uncertainty.

“The necessities to a profitable transformation are belief, safety and innovation, that are the foundations for the profitable growth of the financial system. I’m glad that Microsoft has been investing in Poland’s growth for a number of a long time,” mentioned Mark Brzezinski, US Ambassador to Poland.

In keeping with the 2023 PwC CEO survey, 54 p.c of CEOs in Poland imagine that their firms won’t be worthwhile inside 10 years if they don’t remodel. Investing in automation, upskilling, cloud, AI and different superior digital applied sciences are key priorities for this yr. The Microsoft Cloud can assist these digital transformations with entry to applied sciences, reminiscent of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Energy Platform companies, accessible within the Polish cloud area.

“Connecting Poland to the most important trusted world cloud infrastructure is important assist for the resilience of the nation, society and organizations, and the event of the Polish Digital Valley. One of many major components of strengthening this resilience is elevating digital competence within the nation. Microsoft has expert greater than 430,000 IT professionals, enterprise representatives, companions and college students since this funding was introduced in 2020. Everybody will want digital expertise to pursue in-demand roles and construct livelihoods within the altering financial system so it’s an space the place we might help extra folks get higher jobs,” mentioned Ralph Haupter, President, EMEA, Microsoft

Safety: a cloud protect for Poland

Digital safety is a key space for constructing the resilience of Poland and its native organizations, and Microsoft’s method to digital safety is unmatched. The opening of the native cloud computing area integrates Poland into Microsoft’s world cloud ecosystem with the best safety requirements. We offer end-to-end options together with safety, compliance, identification and administration. Our prospects profit from industry-leading risk intelligence, machine studying and deep protection capabilities to guard their units, safe identities, detect threats, collaborate safely and tackle compliance throughout their varied clouds, platforms and apps.

“Poland is a pioneer within the Central and Jap European area in terms of the extent of digitization of public companies. The finance sector is not any exception with companies, reminiscent of e-PIT or e-Tax, displaying that the Polish public administration can successfully construct digital options that acquire widespread reputation and person sympathy in a brief time period. On the similar time, making such companies accessible requires guaranteeing the best requirements in terms of the safety of processed knowledge, which within the present geopolitical scenario is gaining extra significance,” mentioned Magdalena Rzeczkowska, Finance Minister.

The best service availability and resilience is assured by three Azure availability zones in Poland. These zones are distinctive bodily places, every consisting of a number of datacenters geared up with impartial energy, cooling and networks.

Microsoft’s cloud area in Poland will allow firms to adjust to the European Union’s Basic Information Safety Regulation (GDPR) and retailer their most beneficial digital property in Poland, guaranteeing compliance with knowledge storage and processing laws.

Innovation: cloud-powered to adapt and advance

The Microsoft Cloud is designed to assist prospects deliver new options to life – assembly right this moment’s challenges and making ready for the long run. Digitization is a key enabler of societal and financial progress, but solely 1 in 10 Polish companies are glad with their digital maturity.

Microsoft’s Digital Futures Index (DFI) signifies that the extra digitally superior a rustic is, the extra financial progress and societal advantages it experiences. In different phrases, it’s greener, wealthier, extra revolutionary and aggressive.

Technological innovation is a vital success issue, particularly for firms working in quickly altering market environments, reminiscent of retail, banking or streaming platforms. It requires most operational pace and lowering overload and latency to an absolute minimal. The Azure Poland Central cloud area will present important aggressive benefit on this space. Prospects will obtain instruments and capabilities for higher enterprise scalability and world growth, which can permit them to develop and compete within the world market.

In keeping with IDC Analysis, over the subsequent 4 years the brand new datacenter area will assist eradicate a number of the obstacles to cloud adoption throughout the area and account for about 16.5 p.c of the brand new income whole ($45.7 billion USD) by way of 2026.

1000’s of shoppers and companions in Poland have already trusted Microsoft applied sciences. They embody faculties, universities, organizations and corporations from all industries. Already, quite a lot of Poland’s most revolutionary organizations, reminiscent of Żabka Group, the Ministry of Finance, mBank, Tauron Group and Polpharma, are utilizing the Microsoft Cloud.

“Constructing enterprise resilience primarily based on trusted applied sciences and revolutionary options supplies tangible advantages and benefits, so vital in unsure, unpredictable occasions. Digital transformation, which we’re pursuing in partnership with Microsoft, amongst others, is without doubt one of the pillars of the Żabka Group’s technique. For years, we’ve been investing within the growth of cutting-edge digital instruments, and greater than 15 p.c of the folks employed in our group are concerned in tasks within the space of innovation,” mentioned Tomasz Blicharski, Vice President of the Administration Board of the Żabka Group and Managing Director of Żabka Future.

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