Microsoft launches a new datacenter in Arizona, geared for sustainability

June 16 2021

Microsoft has launched its new West US 3 datacenter in Arizona. The new region is geared for sustainability with adiabatic cooling and solar power.

Microsoft has paired the new data center with sustainability investments in the region. The company has brokered partnerships with Colorado River Indian Tribes to maintain water levels in Lake Mead, as well as teaming up with other groups to restore groundwater and the Verde River. So far, major customers in the region like Banner Health, Teradata, and the State of Arizona are using the new datacenter. West US 3 offers Availability Zones and resource portability with Resource Mover.

"Working with cloud providers like Microsoft enables us to be more agile as well as develop new strategic cloud services for our residents at scale, securely. With Azure, we’ve created a highly secure system to reduce trips to the DMV, enabling residents to update drivers’ licenses and complete vehicle title transfers, for example, online," stated J.R. Sloan, State of Arizona Chief Information Officer. "We also implemented a new child safety case management system using Azure and Dynamics 365, enabling caseworkers to capture critical, time-sensitive information at the moment through a tablet and the cloud. The new Microsoft datacenter region in Arizona enables us to continue this important work with computing resources right here in our state."

"Enabling customers to have deep analytics, while managing all their data on Azure attached to the Microsoft ecosystem is at the heart of our enterprise offering, Teradata Vantage" said Lisa Stewart, SVP of Cloud Alliances, Marketing and Programs, Teradata, in a statement. "When coupled with the worldwide footprint of Microsoft Azure, we offer our joint customers a connected cloud data platform driving industry outcomes and the ability to attach Azure native services, such as AI, machine learning, and IoT. The new Microsoft datacenter region in Arizona gives us another option to deliver Vantage on Azure with lower latency and high availability in the public cloud."

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