Microsoft to open data centres in Toronto and Quebec City

WATCH ABOVE: Kevin Turner makes the official announcement.

TORONTO – Kevin Turner, the worldwide chief operating officer for Microsoft, announced Tuesday the technology giant is opening two data centres in Canada.

One will be built in Toronto while the other will be located in Quebec City with both facilities ready for operation by 2016.

Turner said the data centres will help shore up Microsoft’s cloud services in Canada.

“The local delivery of our cloud services will support our long-range offerings including the Microsoft Azure platform, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics,” said Turner.

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“Now customers will be able to enjoy the benefits of all commercial cloud services on their terms throughout the country.”

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The announcement was made in Toronto with the attendance of deputy premier Deb Matthews and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

“We have the good fortune in Toronto to have located in one place the centre for innovation and the centre for financial services in one city,” said Tory.

“That has led us as well to have a huge deep pool of talent here in Toronto that is causing our economy to grow rapidly. Microsoft cloud will add to that.”

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