Microsoft has today announced it plans to establish a data center region in Indonesia to deliver cloud services locally, meeting the data residency needs of operations in the country.

This announcement forms part of Microsoft’s “Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative”, which is a commitment to accelerate the digital transformation of Indonesia toward the country’s vision of becoming Southeast Asia’s leading digital economy.

“We’re proud to support Indonesian businesses and governments in their move to the trusted cloud with Microsoft. Over the last 26 years, we have been empowering industries across Indonesia and preparing Indonesians with future ready skills to improve their employability,” said Haris Izmee, President Director for Microsoft Indonesia.

“Today’s announcement validates our Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative, to empower every person and every organization in Indonesia to achieve more. With more than 150 employees and 7,000 partners across Indonesia’s 17,000 islands, Microsoft’s significant presence in Indonesia has actively supported the startup community and ecosystem. Leading companies such as Bukalapak, Pertamina, and The Ministry of Agriculture have benefited from Microsoft’s global scale cloud services and have expressed their commitment to using Microsoft Cloud from the new region when it is available.”

According to Microsoft, the new data center region will feature Azure Availability Zones, which are physically separated data center locations with independent power, network and cooling. The Indonesia data center region is also expected to support Microsoft’s sustainability goals, including its commitment to shift to 100 percent supply of renewable energy in the company’s data centers by 2025.

“As a leading global provider of advanced cloud solutions, Microsoft’s investment to establish local data centers, digital skilling and collaboration with the Government of Indonesia will support local innovation, economic recovery, and digital transformation,” Mr. Johnny G. Plate, Minister of Communication and Information, Indonesia.

“The Ministry of Communication and Information welcomes Microsoft’s plans to establish a local data center region with highly secure and compliant cloud services, which will benefit local businesses, government, and individuals across all sectors. We also welcome Microsoft’s commitment to increase the capacity of Indonesian digital talent across all skill levels.”

As part of the “Berdayakan Ekonomi Digital Indonesia initiative”, Microsoft added that it will work with the government and industry stakeholders to skill an additional 3 million people in cloud and AI, bringing the total to 24 million Indonesians skilled by the end of 2021.