Microsoft signs Fonterra as first major anchor tenant for new data centre
published 29.07.2020 22:10
Dairy giant Fonterra is the first major company to sign up to be part of Microsoft’s proposed New Zealand-based data centre.
Vanessa Sorenson, managing director of Microsoft New Zealand, said the faster pace of innovation, greater sustainability and cost savings enabled by cloud technologies were a small part of the benefits expected from the digital investment.
Sorenson said the partnership with Fonterra would serve as a demonstration on the benefits of cloud technology for New Zealand’s entire agrifood network.
The partnership and technological investment would increase the amount of data Fonterra could gather and analyse in real time, using everything from sensors on farm milk vats to smart machines in its factories to help optimise its operations, Fonterra’s chief information officer Piers Shore said.
Ahead of the opening of the data centre, the dairy co-operative will migrate critical parts of its operations to Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure.