Microsoft has launched its first data center region in Mexico.

The Azure cloud region, formed of multiple data centers, is located in the Queretaro Metropolitan area.

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The tech giant first announced plans for the cloud region in 2020 as part of a $1.1 billion investment plan to drive Mexico’s digital transformation.

The Microsoft Cloud includes access to Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform, and gaming services; all set to be delivered locally through the Mexico Central data center.

Tito Arciniega, president of Microsoft Latin America, said: “We believe that Mexico’s vibrant business landscape deserves the best technological infrastructure available. With our new cloud data center region in Mexico, we are empowering Mexican organizations to seize the opportunities of the digital age, more easily scale their operations internationally, and helping them meet and exceed their customers’ expectations during this period of intense innovation and into the future.”

The company said its cloud region will provide cloud services to companies including Binaria ID and DocSolutions, amongst others.

Organizations leveraging this project include Kio Networks, MCM Telecom, and Megaport.

Microsoft said its data centers are designed according to sustainability principles, outlining its plans to be carbon-negative by 2030. Its Mexico cloud region will use water cooling for less than five percent of the year.

The Mexico cloud region joins more than 60 existing Microsoft cloud regions and will be the first Microsoft cloud region in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

Earlier this year, AWS announced plans to open a Mexican cloud region, with Google also expected to open a cloud region soon in Queretaro. AWS already has two Edge locations in the Queretaro area.

Huawei and Oracle also both have a presence in Mexico, with the former having three cloud regions across Latin America.