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Microsoft launches cloud services from Indian data centres

Tue 29 Sep 2015

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft has today announced the launch of its commercial cloud service in India, powered by three local data centres.

The facilities are located in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai, but no further details on the investment have been released.

Earlier this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Silicon Valley to discuss the growth of the tech company’s cloud and data centre portfolio in India. Microsoft has long made clear its intention to invest heavily in data centres in the region and this latest push will see the IT giant become the country’s leading capacity provider.

According to Microsoft, around 125 companies have shown interest in the local offering, signing up for trials during the new data centres’ private previews. The official public unveiling is expected over the next few days.

Microsoft India General Manager, Tyler Bryson suggested that providing an option to store data locally will encourage regulated industries, government departments and state-owned organisation to take advantage of public cloud services. The Redmond-based firm added that with local cloud services, businesses will be able to extend their existing private IT infrastructure to Microsoft cloud, through hybrid solutions for example, therefore reducing their cost of IT operations.

The local service is expected to accelerate e-governance and digital citizen projects in India, such as the government’s long-term Digital India initiative and Smart Cities programs.

For Microsoft, a focus on the data centre market is key to its Indian strategy. With its new proposition, the company hopes to address over 80% of the total Indian IT industry (worth an estimated $52bn), while relying on Windows and Office alone it was struggling to hold onto a 30% share of the Indian software market ($4bn).

Globally, Microsoft has invested over $15bn in developing its cloud network. The company has more than 100 data centre facilities across 40 countries.


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