wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Microsoft to set up local data centers in India by end of 2015

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced that Microsoft will start offering its commercial cloud services, Azure and Office 365 via local data centers in India by the end of 2015. The company claims this move will benefit organizations in the country adopting its technologies, by providing them with data sovereignty, lower latency and geo redundancy.

Currently, Microsoft partners in India include system integrators (SIs) like HCL Infosystems, Wipro and TCS, and independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Newgen Software Technologies, MartJack and Nucleus software which build cloud offerings using Microsoft Azure and Office 365. Other customers of the company such as Fortis Hospitals, Bajaj Finance and FCB/ULKA also adopt its cloud technologies for their solutions. Overall, the company said the number of partners adopting its cloud solution has increased by more than 200% while the number of ISV applications had grown by 100%.

By localising data centres, Microsoft hopes to further drive the adoption of its cloud services in the country, which it claims have grown over 100% in revenue over the past year. The company, which claims to have over 10,000 partners in the country comprised of independent software vendors, hosters, system integrators and others, will now offer a Cloud Accelerator program to support its customers at different stages of adoption.

The company also offers various other programs and initiative to encourage adoption of its cloud technologies such as the BizSpark initiative which gives startups three years of free software, support and ‘visibility’ and the BizSpark+ initiative which offers $60,000 worth of Azure credits along with the aforementioned features. Microsoft currently claims to have over 4,800 Indian startups enrolled in its BizSpark initiative and to have invested over $10 million in providing support for the same. The company also provides its MSDN subscribers with up to $1800/year in Azure credits.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s gaming console Xbox which was released in India just earlier this week, also uses the Azure cloud platform for saving games, which probably means Xbox users will also benefit from the localization of its servers. The company also said its current initiative will benefit various customers in e-governance, financial inclusion, education, healthcare and other latency sensitive applications.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Preemptive move?

In June last year, after the major leak of the US Government’s surveillance program ‘PRISM‘, several Indian ISPs had asked the Indian Government to insist foreign Internet companies like Facebook and Google to setup local servers in India, in order to provide their respective services in the country. The national co-convenor of BJP’s IT cell Vinit Goenka, had also echoed the beliefs, that online companies need to store data of Indians in servers within the country for security and data sovereignty, in April this year. Last month, the issue was taken up by the newly established Cyber Regulatory Advisory Committee, after the court hearing of a PIL, arguing that the Centre should take steps to block over two crore porn websites. This move by Microsoft will serve as a preemptive measure, if such local server rules are indeed enforced.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.


In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...


By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...


By Stella Joseph, Prakhil Mishra, and Yash Desai The Government of India circulated proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 (“E-Commerce Rules”) which...


By Rahul Rai and Shruti Aji Murali A little less than a year since their release, the Consumer Protection (E-commerce) Rules, 2020 is being amended....

You May Also Like


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ