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Microsoft invests in underwater data cables; connects its worldwide datacenters

Microsoft’s cloud business is booming. Azure, Office 365 and all the other divisions are showing large gains in terms of customers and yearly increases. But with so many more users and services Microsoft has decided it’s time to invest in infrastructure such as subsea cables.

In a blog post, the company is announcing that it has partnered with Chinese and international companies to build out data cables and interconnection solutions. Two of these main projects involve laying down underwater cables across the Atlantic and Pacific to connect the company’s global datacenters.

By creating such infrastructure between Ireland, the UK, the US and Asia, Microsoft wants to decongest the networks, offer more bandwidth to its customers as well as improve the travel speed and latency of data across its worldwide network.

Of course, such investment is expensive and time consuming, for a company that’s generally focused on software, but Microsoft views this as a long-term strategic play. As the competition in the market for cloud services intensifies, the company is hoping that such moves will give it a clear advantage over its rivals.

Source: Azure Blog

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