Microsoft to build $250m data centre in Finland for European customers

Microsoft is to design and build its next data centre in Finland. The new facility, costing over $250m (£161m), will be used to serve Microsoft customers in Europe. The company revealed it had chosen Finland as the home for its next data centre on the same day as it announced plans to acquire ailing Finnish telecommunications company Nokia in a $7.2bn deal.

Microsoft announced that it plans to invest more than a quarter of a billion dollars in capital and operation of the Finland data centre over the next few years, with the potential for further expansion over time.

Helsinki is a growing data centre hub and offers easy access to Russia and the Baltic countries. However, it is not yet clear if Microsoft will use the Finnish data centre to provide its Windows Azure cloud services to enterprise customers in Europe.

Microsoft already has other European data centre facilities – in Ireland and The Netherlands.

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