Microsoft Investing in Subsea Cables to Meet Cloud Capacity Demands
We know that Microsoft is increasing its focus on services like Azure and OneDrive with a greater push towards cloud based services (prioritizing it head to head with mobile based services).
However with the increase in content, it is inevitable that a better connectivity between datacenters would be required so that a desirable bandwidth for data transfers can be provided.
It looks like the CEO of Redmond based giant is onto it, they are announcing new partnerships making new deals and connecting across Pacific and Atlantic oceans by investing further in undersea cables.
David Crowley the Managing Director of Network Enablement at Microsoft took to the official Azure Blog with a post detailing the plans of Satya Nnadella with regards to Cloud based services and the increasing demand of bandwidth for the same:
Satya has discussed his vision of Microsoft being a mobile-first, cloud-first company. During Microsoft’s latest earnings we shared that the Commercial Cloud division, which includes Azure, Office 365 and other services, grew 106 percent, and as we expand our cloud services and global infrastructure, we need a strong subsea strategy to ensure our customers experience high availability access to their data.
According to to Crowley, they have already struck up partnerships with a group of companies known as NCP that includes China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation and TE SubCom for better connectivity between Asia and North America.
For the connections between North America and Ireland and UK they are partnering with Hibernia and Aqua Comms.
It looks like Microsoft is tick marking all the necessary components to make their Cloud services the most desirable option in the competitive market.