Microsoft today announced its “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative, which marks a significant commitment to empowering Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy and advancing the nation’s digital transformation across the private and public sectors.

As part of the plan, Microsoft will establish its first datacenter region in the country to deliver trusted cloud services locally, with world-class data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in-country.

Microsoft also announced plans to skill an additional 1 million Malaysians by end of 2023 to help create economic opportunities for people and businesses in the digital era.

The software giant also promises it will help form the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations.

The announcement marks a significant milestone in Microsoft’s 28-year history in the country and supports the Government of Malaysia’s MyDigital goals to transform the country into a regional leader in the digital economy.

Its first datacenter region, when established, will be in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area. It deliver access to the full Microsoft Cloud, which includes:

  • Microsoft Azure, enabling anyone to invent with purpose using cloud services and capabilities that span computing, networking, databases, analytics, AI and Internet of Things (IoT);
  • Microsoft 365, to connect, collaborate, work remotely and learn online with innovative
    productivity tools;
  • Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, to rapidly build and manage critical enterprise business solutions at scale with intelligent business applications.

The new datacenter region will also deliver Azure Availability Zones, providing additional resilience options for highly available applications, and support Microsoft’s sustainability goals.

This news comes as Google an

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