Microsoft to offer Azure and Office 365 cloud services from local datacentres in India by 2015-end
In hist maiden visit to India after becoming Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella announced at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday that Microsoft Corp is set to offer its Azure and Office 365 commercial cloud services from local datacentres by the end of 2015. This move is considered to significantly accelerate public and hybrid cloud adoption in the country. The services offered by the Indian data centres will additionally open new avenues for over 10,000 Microsoft India’s partners.
Nadella said at the event that the cloud services offered by Microsoft in India have grown more than 100 percent in revenue in the past year and the commitment to offer locally hosted Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services will further accelerate this growth.
On announcing the launch of local datacentres for operating its commercial cloud services in India, Nadella said:
“Microsoft is deeply committed to helping people and organisations thrive in our mobile-first and cloud-first world – that’s why we are proud to offer our commercial cloud services through data centres in India. With more than 250 million Indians using Internet-connected devices today, there is incredible demand and opportunity for Indian with Microsoft’s cloud services.”
The presence of local datacentres in India will enable Microsoft to provide its commercial cloud-based services to a variety of industry sectors, from banking and financial sectors to healthcare as well as education sectors. Moreover, this new move would help the country to transform Digital India concept into a reality.
Commenting on the announcement, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, said:
“By offering our cloud services through local datacentres, we can help make Digital India a reality. This will open new possibilities in e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare and education, and will help us positively impact the lives of a billion people.”
Nadella, 47, the third CEO of the world’s largest software developing company, considered that the cloud opportunity in India is going to be a “two trillion dollar opportunity” in the coming future. The adoption of mobile devices is one of the major example of the high-growth in this avenue, he said.
“I believe that the cloud infrastructure, especially world-class cloud infrastructure, is going to help Indian companies, Indian Government and every Indian entrepreneur, to be able to really revitalize the productivity of this economy,” Nadella added.
Microsoft India is closely working with its over 10,000 partners such as HCL, Fortis healthcare and Bajaj Finance among various others who will now be able to use its commercial cloud services and make them broadly available in almost every vertical industry.