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Microsoft invests $3.2 billion to expand AI infrastructure in Australia

In a groundbreaking development, Microsoft has committed to pouring a staggering A$5 billion (equivalent to $3.2 billion in the United States) into boosting its artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing capabilities across Australia. This monumental investment is part of Microsoft’s broader strategic push, encompassing skill development and cybersecurity enhancements.

With the objective of meeting Australia’s skyrocketing demand for cloud computing services, Microsoft aims to ramp up its capacity by a whopping 250% over the next two years. This surge in cloud computing use in Australia is primarily driven by the escalating adoption of AI technologies.

A historic pledge for Microsoft and Australia

Microsoft’s Vice President, Brad Smith, hailed this monumental investment as “a testament to our commitment to the country’s growth and prosperity in the AI era.” Notably, this demonstrates Microsoft’s unwavering commitment to fostering growth and prosperity within Australia during the age of artificial intelligence.

“This is our largest investment in Microsoft’s 40-year history in Australia and a testament to our commitment to the country’s growth and prosperity in the AI era. We’re coupling this A$5 billion in computing capacity and capabilities with AI and engineering to strengthen the nation’s cyber defense, including a deeper collaboration with the Australian Signals Directorate,” said Microsoft’s vice president, Brad Smith.

According to Australian Cybersecurity Magazine, this substantial A$5 billion investment is set to fortify Australia’s cybersecurity defenses, working in close collaboration with the Australian Signals Directorate.

Posted on: 10/28/2023 3:32:08 AM


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