Microsoft's Bhaskar Pramanik and Satya Nadella, at the media meet in Delhi September 30 2014
Microsoft will go local for cloud hosting services in India: CEO Nadella

New Delhi, October 1 , 2014:  Microsoft  will use local data centres to host  commercial cloud services - Azure and Office 365 -- by the end of 2015, said Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella  here yesterday. This is expected to accelerate public and hybrid cloud adoption  in India, even as it addresses some government concerns about  data assets residing in international sites, beyond its reach.
Said Nadella, on his first visit to India after he assumed leadership of the company: “Microsoft is deeply committed to helping people and organizations thrive in our mobile-first and cloud-first world - that’s why we are proud to offer our commercial cloud services through datacenters in India. With more than 250 million Indians using Internet-connected devices today, there is incredible demand and opportunity for India with Microsoft’s cloud services.”
Added Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India: “By offering our cloud services through local datacenters, we can help make Digital India a reality. This opens new possibilities in e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare and education, and will help us positively impact the lives of a billion people.”
Microsoft’s locally available cloud services will open opportunities for banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) companies, state-owned enterprises and government departments to adopt the public cloud. The services offered via the local datacenters will create new avenues for Microsoft India’s 10,000+ partner ecosystem, comprised of hosters, independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs) and others.