Copenhagen, Denmark – December 8, 2020 – Today, tech giant Microsoft announced that Denmark is the location for the next sustainable data center region, with plans to build three data centers to run entirely on renewable energy.
Denmark is recognized world-wide as an environmental frontrunner – earlier this month, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced plans to phase out all fossil fuel extraction by 2050, making Denmark the first country in the world to commit to put an end to fossil fuel dependencies, and make the switch to renewable and emission-free energy sources.
The dedication to sustainable solutions makes Denmark an obvious choice for green digital investments. And that is what Microsoft has committed to.
“This is great news – for Denmark, for Microsoft and for all of Microsoft’s Danish customers,” says Peter Odgaard-Jensen, CEO at CTGlobal.
“Our customers are all set to embrace cloud technology and move their data. But it has been an issue that data centers have been located overseas, particularly given the unstable political situation we see in large parts of the western world. The combination of political unrest in many of the markets that have been considered rock-solid for decades, and an increase in focus on data security and data access, as well as a burgeoning shift towards, and demand for, environmentally sound solutions, means that this move from Microsoft is very, very welcome,” states Peter Odgaard-Jensen.
Data protection, access stability and sustainability
As a Microsoft technology consultancy focused on cloud and data center solutions, CTGlobal is met with three primary concerns from customers who consider moving to the cloud: First of all concerns stemming from the issues that arise when moving customer data across national borders and continents, from a data protection regulations point of view. Secondly, concerns about the potential control issues remote data processing can result in, in terms of future access and stability of supply. And thirdly, concerns arising from the growing awareness of the CO2 emissions which data processing is responsible for.
With Microsoft’s decision to place data centers run entirely on renewable energy in Denmark it looks like all of these issues — data protection, access stability and sustainability — can be solved simultaneously for CTGlobal customers that are based in Denmark, and in the rest of the EU.