Microsoft has just announced its plans to establish a new U.S. data center region in Georgia, with presence in both Fulton and Douglas Counties.

Codenamed “East US 3”, the new data center region is expected to be compliant with the company’s data security and privacy standards, as well as leverage the access and coverage of Microsoft Azure cloud to serve customers in the immediate region and will also be available to customers across the U.S. and around the world.

According to Microsoft, establishing the data center region is one of its commitment to the counties and to the Atlanta region. As part of this investment, the company claims that it is of importance that they are partners in the communities in which it operate to support the creation of new jobs  including roles in IT operations, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as facility security and maintenance while improving the growth of local businesses in the region.

“We’re honored to have Microsoft in Douglasville. Today marks another major milestone in the city and Douglas County’s economic growth, building on years of strategic planning and infrastructure investment. It is important to us that Microsoft is also invested in the region as a community partner. Microsoft’s presence helps cement our position as a center for information technology in the U.S., which has been an ongoing strategic goal,” said Rochelle Robinson, Mayor of Douglasville, Georgia.

“This announcement is another testament to the economic vitality of Fulton County and our strength to grow even during a pandemic. It also reflects Fulton County’s leadership in Georgia by embracing companies that are bringing much needed permanent jobs and investment to our county,” said Robb Pitts, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

As announced, the data center region is expected to deliver Azure Availability Zones, enabling availability of cloud applications with additional tolerance to data center failures. Furthermore, the new region is an addition to the recent expansion projects of the company across the U.S., including the recently launched Availability Zones in the South Central US region and the planned launch of West U.S. 3 facility in Arizona, scheduled for later this year.