Microsoft Invests in Undersea Cables to Connect Global Data Centers

Microsoft announced May 11 investments in undersea cables that will improve connectivity between its data centers around the world. The company has partnered with telecommunications companies throughout Asia – including China Mobile, China Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom and KT Corporation – in order to develop a new transpacific undersea cable. This cable will connect Microsoft's China data centers, Taiwan data center, Busan, South Korea data center and Japan data center with Microsoft's Hillsboro, Oregon data center.

"The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies," said David Crowley, Microsoft's managing director of network enablement. "The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere."

In addition to the transpacific cable, Microsoft signed deals with European companies Hibernia and Aqua Comms to build transatlantic cables. The goal is to connect Microsoft's North American data center infrastructure, including its Shirley, New York data center, with facilities in Ireland and London.

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