Bangalore , September 30, 2015: Within a day of Microsoft CEO, India-born Satya Nadella's meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first fruits can be seen. The company has announced the launched of cloud data centres located within India.
As the first public cloud provider from India, Microsoft has opened three new regions – Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai. 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.
Says Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India: “The Microsoft cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country. The hyper-scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads. We are happy to partner with Government and businesses to make the Microsoft cloud work for India and for Indians.”
Adds V S Shridhar, Sr. Vice President, Global Enterprise Business, Tata Communications:"We’re excited to be working with Microsoft, harnessing our superfast network to connect local businesses to Azure cloud services. At Tata Communications, we have always been committed to empowering business globally and in India to enable transformation through the cloud and capitalize upon growth opportunities that the digital economy offers. Our partnership with Microsoft will help us enhance this effort and help further the Digital India mandate."
In addition to the Microsoft Azure services launching today, Office 365 services are slated for availability in October 2015, with Dynamics CRM Online services to follow in the first half of 2016. Microsoft local cloud services are well-suited for governments and businesses that already have significant investments in owned IT infrastructure. They will now be able to extend their existing IT infrastructure and private clouds to Microsoft local (public) cloud, thereby creating compelling hybrid cloud scenarios and reducing their cost of IT operations significantly.
In order to help organizations evaluate their path to the cloud, Microsoft published a Cloud Decision Framework for BFSI and Government.