Microsoft goes live with Azure cloud services in India, opening three data centres and planning Office 365 local launch
Microsoft has this week opened three new data centres in India, becoming the first of the larger US public cloud providers to offer cloud computing regions in the country – beating both Amazon Web Services and Google.
The three data centres are located to give Microsoft and its new Indian customers the best coverage of the subcontinent, designed to decrease latency and speed up cloud services.
Microsoft said that governments, large businesses, small and medium businesses (SMBs) and citizens can use the computing power now available locally to fuel India’s inclusive growth, spur innovation and accelerate digital transformation.
“The Microsoft cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, the chairman 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. We are happy to partner with Government and businesses to make the Microsoft cloud work for India and for Indians.”
The first data centre is situated in Mumbai, but more details are scarce. IBM recently opened a data centre in the city. AWS, looking forward to Indian growth, is planning to open a large data centre in India in 2016. This is most likely to be located around the Mumbai area.
A second data centre is located in Pune, south east of Mumbai. Again, details are thin on the ground about these centres, but The Hindu Business Line reported that the Pune centre, at least, is “rugby-field-size” and built to be scaled up in phases when expansion is needed.
The third data centre is located on India east coast, in the city of Chennai.
“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 at Microsoft India, said.
“More organisations and governments will adopt the public cloud which will open up more opportunities for Microsoft.”