Microsoft Launches Commercial Cloud Services from Local Data Centers in India

By Vigneshwar

Microsoft today announced the availability of Microsoft Azure services via local data center 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.

Microsoft Launches Commercial Cloud Services

In the words of 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."

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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.

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.

Microsoft local cloud services are well-suited for governments and businesses that already have significant investments in owned IT infrastructure.

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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.

With the assurance of local data residency, programs like digital lockers and digital identity will also move quickly and enable better citizen services.

As one of the largest cloud operators in the world, 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.

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Microsoft cloud infrastructure currently includes more than 100 datacenters located in over 40 countries, and the company is continuing to rapidly build capacity to serve customers worldwide.

"Enterprise-grade performance, flexibility and hybrid capability, openness and trustworthiness are differentiating factors of the Microsoft cloud. In addition, comprehensive higher-level business services enable new business possibilities for customers," said Tyler Bryson, General Manager, Marketing and Operations, Microsoft India.

The Microsoft Cloud, including Azure and Office 365, supports compliance with a broad set of industry-specific laws and meets broad international standards.

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Azure and Office 365 have received ISO 27001 certification, are audited under the SSAE 16 SOC 1 and SOC 2 standard, offer a HIPAA business associate agreement, and have received authorization to operate under FedRAMP.

Microsoft is continuing to bring advanced cloud services such as Machine Leaning (ML), Advanced Analytics, Media Services, Internet of Things (IoT), Express Route and more, to organizations at the click of a button.

Government of Andhra Pradesh has adopted this predictive analytics technology to identify probable drop-outs from school and with the success it has had, the scope of the project has now been extended to more than 10,000 schools across 13 districts.

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