ABB announces partnership with Microsoft that will control 70 million devices

ABB announces partnership with Microsoft that will control 70 million devices

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has received a cash bonus of no less than $4,464,000 for achieving all company goals in the last fiscal year, making a total of $17,692,031 during the year, including stock and other bonuses.

The new Azure data center farm is planned to come online in Paris sometime in 2017, and Microsoft has spent $3 billion on expanding its cloud presence in Europe to date.

The company has also released a book titled "A Cloud for Global Good" while Microsoft's CEO and President are visiting Europe as part of a four day tour to meet business and government officials. Similar sets of datacenters in Germany, the U.K., The Netherlands, and Ireland provide similar capabilities, and the German datacenters meet legal requirements there by placing an independent German trustee in control of customer data.

The company is expected to open new data centers in France next year.

This includes Microsoft's massive pair of data centres in west Dublin that are understood to have involved around $1bn of this investment.

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"We're building it out as a global hyperscale cloud", he said about strategy behind Microsoft's ongoing data center expansion around the world.

Microsoft has been pursuing physical data center capacity to support cloud services in as many locations as possible as a key differentiator in the cutthroat market, where AWS dominates by revenue and Microsoft comes a distant second. It's happening now with their Swiftkey or Office 365 as well as Azure cloud computing and Cortana Intelligence Suite. Dynamics CRM reaches far fewer businesses than market leader Salesforce, but Gartner reports that the fourth-place CRM platform still grew its market share year-over-year in 2015.

Microsoft has launched a major new policy document created to lobby governments into legislating and regulating towards "a trusted, responsible, and inclusive cloud". Well, one of the things that probably forced them to keep data in of Europeans is their data privacy law.

Microsoft's now taking the privacy of an individual more seriously and has started setting up individual data centers within countries to ensure that all data is stored and managed locally.

"Cloud computing has the potential to solve some of our world's most challenging issues, but, as with all technological advancements, it raises important questions for society", said Brad Smith, Microsoft president.