Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Microsoft prepares new data center region in Querétaro state

Microsoft is developing a data center in the state of Querétaro that will seek to optimize the company’s digital services and that will further fortify the state’s position as an important data center hub. 

The company’s vision is to build the world’s largest cloud infrastructure, and Querétaro’s data center region, designated Mexico Central, will be a part of it. The center will rank number 62 in capacity worldwide and is the first Microsoft data center region in all of Spanish-speaking Latin America. 

QRO governor Mauricio Kuri
Querétaro governor Mauricio Kuri during an immersive tour of Microsoft México headquarters on Tuesday. (Mauricio Kuri Twitter)

“With the establishment of the new Microsoft data center region, we are committed to becoming the flagship of the cloud in Mexico, taking advantage of new investment opportunities for the industry,” Querétaro governor Mauricio Kuri said during a tour of Microsoft headquarters in Mexico. 

Microsoft’s Latin America president Rodrigo Kede and CEO of Microsoft Mexico, Rafael Sánchez Loza, said that during the construction phase, 1,000 jobs have already been created.

Last year, the Sustainable Economic Development Ministry of Querétaro announced that more than 15 data center projects statewide were in the negotiations stage. The Brazilian company Odata invested US $79 million in 2022 to build the first phase of Mexico’s largest data center to date.

Odata center in Querétaro
Brazilian company Odata has built the largest data center in Mexico to date. (Odata)

Microsoft currently operates more than 200 data centers around the world.

“Bringing this type of initiative to Mexico is one more step in our commitment to innovation,” said Sánchez.

According to the Microsoft México CEO, the project seeks to catalyze “a substantial transformation in Mexico.” 

The center will be a residence for Microsoft cloud solutions and is expected to be a data processing point for the financial, government and health sectors; the goal is also to help entrepreneurs with small and medium-sized companies to grow and modernize.  

According to Microsoft, the new region will operate based on sustainable development goals, using renewable energy and cooling. It will also use a water recycling system. 

“Querétaro is one of the engines of the Mexican economy, and we see digitization as a key platform to continue growing,” Governor Kuri said. 

With reports from El Economista, El Universal Querétaro and Expansión

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