Microsoft’s new world-class datacenters in Sweden are open for business with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 available today, delivering advanced data security, privacy and the ability to store data in the country. The new datacenter region brings the best of Microsoft’s sustainability investments, powering the datacenter with 100% carbon-free energy and supporting zero-waste operations, underscoring Microsoft’s ongoing investment to help create new long-term opportunities across both commercial and public sectors in Sweden. The company writes in a press release.
"Commited to running on 100% carbon-free energy"
Microsoft’s Sweden datacenter region is committed to cutting carbon emissions, achieving zero waste certification, and running on 100% carbon-free energy. Microsoft’s Sweden datacenter region will be powered by 100% carbon-free energy with 24/7 hourly energy matching with partner Vattenfall. To support its operations, Microsoft has signed agreements for new renewable energy projects with bp, Enlight Renewable Energy, European Energy, NTR, Prime Capital and wpd.
Microsoft debuts world's first Nordic eco-labled fuel
Sweden is Microsoft’s first datacenter region whose backup generators will run on Preem Evolution Diesel Plus, the world’s first Nordic Eco-labeled fuel, which contains at least 50% renewable raw material, and nearly an equivalent reduction in net carbon dioxide emissions compared with standard fossil diesel blends. Microsoft is pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the region, which will help conserve additional resources like energy and water, generate less waste and support human health.
Microsoft's third European circular center
The new datacenter region will be home to Microsoft’s third European Circular Center, which repurposes servers and hardware in our datacenter. These centers are the first of their kind in the industry. The Swedish Circular Center will have the ability to support 12,000 servers per month. Supporting the company’s water positive by 2030 commitment, the datacenters’ servers will be cooled with only outside air 100% of the year, and rainwater will be captured at the datacenter, used primarily to provide humidification and to support onsite datacenter facilities.
Secure, scalable, sustainable & local
Businesses of all sizes and industries can now host their cloud workloads in Microsoft’s Swedish datacenters. Customers will benefit from Microsoft’s investment in the EU Data Boundary for the Microsoft Cloud, enabling customers to process and store their data in the EU. Customers can begin leveraging Microsoft Azure to develop advanced applications using AI, data and analytics, IoT and hybrid capabilities with advanced digital security and more, as well as Microsoft 365, the world’s productivity cloud that delivers best-of-breed productivity apps delivered seamlessly through cloud services. Dynamics 365 and Power Platform will be available within a year, enabling customers to build and manage critical enterprise business solutions at scale with intelligent business applications. The Sweden datacenter region will also deliver Azure Availability Zones, providing customers with additional application resiliency options.
“Our Swedish datacenters are among the most sustainably designed and operated in the world. This is an important launch for Sweden and Europe, as I am of the firm conviction that new tech innovation is the most important enabler for the world to reach the global sustainability targets. By moving to the cloud, we create new opportunities to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable future – together,” said Hélène Barnekow, general manager Microsoft Sweden.