Demonstrating its commitment to delivering trusted cloud services that enable people and organizations around the world to achieve more, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Azure Services via local datacenter regions in 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.
Having 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. Built on foundation principles of security, privacy, control, compliance and transparency, Microsoft Cloud Services are designed to enable individuals and organizations to achieve more.
Millions of users in India are already using Microsoft Cloud Services leading to the cloud business growing by more than 100 percent year-on-year over the past two years. 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 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.
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. The impact on citizens is expected to be all the more significant as it will accelerate e-governance and roll-out of citizen services at unprecedented scale and speed by governments, thereby accelerating the governments’ Digital India and Smart Cities programs.
Newer and transformation 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.
What’s in store for the future with Azure?
- Startups and SMBswill gain a competitive advantage with enterprise-grade technology to help them innovate and grow their business to a global scale.
- Education Sectorwill witness transformational digital learning. Just one offering, Microsoft Edu-Cloud, is expected to benefit 10 lakh teachers and 60 lakh students across 1,500 institutes over the next 18 months from local Microsoft Cloud.
- Developers, IT Professionals, ISVs and Partner ecosystem will see newer opportunities and innovative business models. From providing cloud assessment to cloud roadmap creation; from writing new cloud ready applications to migrating existing workloads to cloud; locally delivered cloud services will help hosters, ISVs and partners scale their business using the cloud.
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