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Kieron Allen guest-hosts today’s Cloud Wars Minute, taking a look at a major investment in Australia by Microsoft.
00:16 — Microsoft is investing 5 billion Australian dollars, approximately $3.16 billion USD, to boost Australia’s computing infrastructure and capabilities to capitalize on the promise of AI.
00:30 — The investment will focus on digital infrastructure, IT skills, and cybersecurity. The plan includes the establishment of a Microsoft Data Center Academy and an extension of the company’s global skills program to enable over 300,000 Australians to gain skills enabling them to excel in cloud and AI.
01:03 — The company will also launch a program to mitigate cyber threats aimed at Australian citizens. The company’s digital infrastructure investments are expected to increase computing capacity in the country by 250%. The investment should ensure Australia can capitalize on the generative AI boom, which could contribute as much as 130 billion Australian dollars to that country’s economy by 2030.
01:47 — Microsoft should benefit as well because cloud computing demand is expected to double from 2022 to 2026 in Australia.