Digital AmBEtion is Microsoft's holistic multi-year investment plan designed to accelerate the digital transformation of Belgium's public and private sector. Digital AmBEtion includes three pillars: providing world-class digital infrastructure, helping citizens develop digital skills, and creating sustainable societal impact. Central to the plan, Microsoft will establish a new datacenter region that delivers advanced data security and cloud solutions, offering Belgian organizations local data residency and faster access to the cloud.
With this new datacenter region, Belgium will join the largest cloud infrastructure in the world and be part of a network of more than 60 datacenter regions. Companies of all sizes and from every sector will have access to Microsoft Azure at launch. With it, anyone will be able to develop purposefully with the help of cloud services. Numerous technologies such as unlimited computing power, databases, artificial intelligence and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) will soon be at your fingertips.
On November 23rd 2021, Microsoft, alongside Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, announced “Digital AmBEtion” and its intent to open a datacenter region in the country.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo: “Microsoft’s announcement establishes Belgium as an important anchoring point in Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure that will contribute to digital competitiveness and new economic opportunities. This is a major step in the right direction.”
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Our ambition for Belgium
Azure Belgium Central
Digital AmBEtion goes hand in hand with Azure Belgium Central, our new datacenter region. With its state-of-the-art technology, it can now run your applications and store your data in a highly secure and reliable environment that is specifically designed for the Belgian market. Say goodbye to geographical limitations and hello to faster, more efficient operations. Unleash the full potential of your business with Azure Belgium Central.Learn more
Not only Azure Belgium Central will provide advanced security features such as network isolation and encryption, but it also complies with EU data protection regulations and offers data residency within the country, ensuring that sensitive data is stored and protected in a secure and compliant manner. Additionally, the location of the region allows for low-latency access to services and resources, which can improve the performance of security-sensitive workloads. Azure Belgium Central's technical security capabilities will help to safeguard your business against cyber threats and give you the confidence you need to operate with ease.Learn more
Skills for Jobs
Azure Belgium Central isn't only about technology. Technology and People go hand in hand, thanks to our new state of the art programs and technologies we are committed to bridge the skills gap even further, covering even the most basic skills providing access to educational resources and training programs that can help individuals acquire new technical skills, allowing them to pursue new career opportunities in the technology industry. By leveraging the power of ABC, underserved communities can gain the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in today's digital world.Learn more
Get ready to put Belgium on the map for sustainability with Azure Belgium Central, offering low latency connectivity and local data residency, while supporting Microsoft's goal to run on 100% renewable energy by 2025 and reducing your carbon footprint by moving to Azure. Let's join forces with the Alliance for Sustainability and make a real impact on the planet, together!Learn more