Microsoft Launches Cloud Services Powered by Data Centres in India

Redmond-based technology major Microsoft on Tuesday launched its public cloud services from local data centres which will aid business and organisations to fuel inclusive growth and spur innovation.

As part of the new launch, Microsoft will inaugurate three data centres – Chennai, Pune and Mumbai – in the country. The new centres will start operations after the facility is inaugurated by the respective state chief ministers – J Jayalalithaa and Devendra Fadnavis – on Tuesday.

“Governments, large businesses, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and citizens can use the massive computing power now available locally to fuel India’s inclusive growth, spur innovation and accelerate digital transformation,” Tyler Bryson, general manager, marketing and operations, Microsoft India, said.

“More organisations and governments will adopt the public cloud which will open up more opportunities for Microsoft,” he added explaining the launch.

The Tamil Nadu government in a release said it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft at the recently-concluded Global Investors Meet held in Chennai.

As per the MoU, Microsoft India will offer entrepreneurs selected by the Tamil Nadu government its software development platform free of cost for three months. The company will also train the entrepreneurs on cloud computing and mobility technology.

“We welcome you to the state and I assure you of the full support of the government of Tamil Nadu,” Jayalalithaa told Microsoft India’s managing director Karan Bajwa who was present at the inauguration.

Meanwhile, Fadnavis said: “This launch is a milestone which has taken the mission of Digital India and Digital Maharashtra to the next level… The good part about these data centres is that they are within the geographical boundaries of our country and takes utmost care of security.”

This would not only add strength to our endeavours to provide digital services but help promote Mumbai as an International Financial Services Centre, he added.

Market research firm Gartner claims that the public cloud market will be at $838 million (roughly Rs. 5,527 crores) by end of 2015, an increase of 33 percent over 2014, and finally reach $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,193 crores) by 2018.

It also adds that the Indian government spending will go up to $6.88 billion (roughly Rs. 44,856 crores) by end of 2015, an increase of 5.2 percent over 2014.

The research firm also said that more than 60 percent of all banks will process majority of their transactions on the cloud.

A public cloud is based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the internet. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model.

The cloud services launched includes Microsoft Azure services, dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) online suite and Office 365. “While Office 365 services are slated for availability in October 2015, dynamics CRM online services will follow in the first half of 2016,” Tyler said.

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