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Microsoft opens data centres in India for cloud services

Posted: 30 Sep 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data centre? cloud? Microsoft Azure? analytics? Internet of Things?

Microsoft has launched three data centres in IndiaPune, Mumbai and Chennaia year after CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would provide cloud services from local data centres in the country.

In a statement, the U.S. tech giant said it would provide its cloud services, known as Microsoft Azure, to its customers including governments, businesses and citizens. It also aims to deliver advanced cloud services such as Machine Learning, Advanced Analytics, Media Services, Internet of Things, Express Route and more.

On 29 September, 2014, Nadella said that Microsoft would offer commercial cloud services from local data centres by the end of 2015. Following this, Microsoft offered trial cloud services in July to its key customers to help them migrate their data to Indian data centres from those located abroad.

"The Microsoft cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country," said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairperson of Microsoft India. "The hyper-scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads."

With the local cloud services, regulated industries such as BFSI, government departments and state-owned enterprises will now be able to leverage public cloud services and be able to take advantage of local data residency.

In addition, businesses that deal with large amounts of data, e.g. media companies, will benefit from data replication in multiple regions within India for backup and recovery, reduced network distance, lower latency and the option of a private connection to the cloud.

Newer and transformational scenarios of computing will also be possible. With the assurance of local data residency, programs like digital lockers and digital identity will also move quickly and enable better citizen services, the company said.

Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion in building a resilient cloud infrastructure and cloud services that deliver higher availability and security, while lowering overall costs. Microsoft cloud infrastructure currently includes more than 100 data centres located across 40 countries.

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