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Microsoft brings Azure to Taiwan, therefore enters a geopolitical cauldron

Microsoft brings Azure to Taiwan, therefore enters a geopolitical cauldron
Microsoft has announced that it will open an Azure region in Taiwan. The announcement appears - perhaps curiously - not to have reached Microsoft’s global newsroom or the Azure blog. However Microsoft Taiwan announced that the island nation will get the Azure region and become Microsoft’s Asian operations centre for all things cloud. Microsoft’s also…

Microsoft has revealed that it will open an Azure area in Taiwan.

The announcement appears – possibly curiously – not to have actually reached Microsoft’s international newsroom or the Azure blog. Microsoft Taiwan announced that the island nation will get the Azure region and become Microsoft’s Asian operations centre for all things cloud.

Microsoft’s also announced a team to work on cloud hardware and infrastructure in Taiwan, and made the normal sounds about boosting local innovation, speeding up digital change, and what a great place Taiwan is to find talent and operate. Redmond has actually had a team in Taiwan for 31 years, it says.

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Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen had a various take on occasions: her pronouncement on the news said: “This most current Taiwan financial investment plan Microsoft is revealing today will play a crucial role in enhancing Taiwan-US cooperation.”

” Taiwan holds a key advantage in high-end hardware manufacturing, and is a reputable and safe partner to the US, and other technologically-advanced nations, in information security and copyright rights protection,” she stated.

” The United States is the global leader in modern advancement. By combining Taiwan and the United States’s particular strengths and improving our cooperation in supply chain realignment, those countries can make fantastic leaps in technological advancement and an enormous positive economic effect.”

A fast reminder: China believes that Taiwan is a part of China, just a badly-behaved one that has actually forgotten its true fealty. Taiwan states it is a sovereign nation, even if most other nations do not quite acknowledge this to prevent opprobrium from mainland China.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen speaking at the announcement of Azure Taiwan

However given that US president Donald Trump’s effort to strike a trade deal with China flopped, and the unique coronavirus saw a combative shift in his administration’s policies, the U.S.A. has actually signaled increased assistance for Taiwan as a fellow democracy, a military bulwark against China and a replacement source of goods and know-how that it used to purchase from the Middle Kingdom mainland.

For this reason president Tsai Ing-wen’s words about the US/Taiwan alliance.

Oh to be a fly on the wall at Microsoft China today, as it is hard to think of that stern conversations with regional officials have actually not been had!

True to form, Microsoft is not stating when Azure Taiwan will open, where it will be located, what services it will provide or any information about scale. It has actually exposed that information will be kept in Taiwan and that it will satisfy the CDSA, GxP, PCI DSS, Shared Evaluations and TruSight compliance specs, plus a can of alphabet soup’s worth of other specs, particularly: CIS Criteria, CSA STAR Attestation, CSA STAR Accreditation, CSA STAR Self-Assessment, ISO 20000, ISO 22301, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, ISO 27701, ISO 9001, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3 and WCAG 2.0. ®

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