Equinor, an international energy company has entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft to begin its digital transformation journey and drive cloud-enabled innovation, to deliver more safe, secure and efficient operations.
Under the partnership, Equinor will provide industry knowledge and business needs to support Microsoft in developing new solutions for the Equinor's energy industry. Microsoft will provide expertise to accelerate Equinor's IT development and establish new data center regions in Stavanger and in Oslo.
The strategic partnership is a seven-year consumption and development agreement in the hundreds of millions of dollars (USD) where Microsoft will support Equinor's digital journey by leveraging cloud, which is a foundation stone for the transformation of the energy industry.
The Microsoft Cloud, comprising Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance with data residency from new data center locations. This new investment is the first time Microsoft will deliver the intelligent Microsoft Cloud from data centers located in Norway and is expected to enable greater innovation for oil and gas and other industries, as well as the public sector.
"Equinor has a history of innovation and technology development. Extending our long-standing collaboration with Microsoft enables continued IT-innovation, business growth and furthers our digital ambitions. The strategic partnership will, through cloud services, involve the development of the next generation IT workplace, extended business application platforms and mixed reality solutions," says Åshild Hanne Larsen, chief information officer.
"Equinor plays a central role in stimulating innovation and advancement of the Norwegian economy, and we are deeply honored to be partnering with them to help take their business into its next stage of growth through the intelligent Microsoft Cloud," said Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, general manager, Microsoft Norway.
Equinor told that the Cloud services from Microsoft's new data-center locations are planned to come into operations with initial availability of Azure services in late 2019.
Moreover, development of new cloud infrastructure will pave the way for growth and transformation of many other businesses and organizations in Norway, further contributing to the economic development of the country.