This new interactive map shows the extent of Microsoft Azure’s global cloud footprint
Have you ever wondered how far Microsoft’s global operation extends? Well, wonder no more with this new interactive 3D map of the company.
In recent years, cloud technology has become Microsoft’s daily bread, powered by Azure and a range of related services. Whether you’re a business building apps in the cloud or a consumer using a service like Office 365 or Xbox Cloud Gaming, virtually all The Microsoft service has some sort of cloud association in 2022, and likely will for the foreseeable future.
If you are someone who has ever wondered how close you are to a Microsoft data center, this fun and interactive 3D tool on the official Azure website can help you visualize it. (opens in a new tab).
The map shows how far Microsoft’s global operation extends, with undersea cables and three-dimensional satellite operations. The top left key gives you an idea of what all the icons mean. It shows the spread of data centers in the United States and Europe, as well as in Asia. It also shows a range of geographies labeled as “coming soon”, with plans for expansion into emerging economies in Africa, as well as strengthening operations in the Middle East.
Interestingly, the map also features some of Microsoft’s climate investments. You can click on the different icons to get more information on regional privacy standards, and the climate sites show the type of investment, as well as the megawatts generated. It may not show everything, however. For some reason, this doesn’t show Microsoft’s Climworks investment in Iceland, which is exploring carbon capture technology as part of the company’s commitment to carbon neutrality.
The interactive map shows just how massive the Azure operation is, especially when you factor in expansion plans. Microsoft’s cloud dominance extends even in a tough economy, with the company confirming cloud growth for its last financial quarter to the tune of $23.4 billion.