Microsoft on Tuesday launched its local data centres in India. The centres are being launched at Pune, Chennai and Mumbai. The data centres will offer Microsoft's Azure cloud services. While Microsoft Azure services were launched on Tuesday, the commercial Office 365 services would be available from October and Dynamics CRM Online services will be made available from the first half of 2016.
"The hyper scale cloud will empower governments, businesses and users and offer enough computing power that will support all their existing workloads," said Bhaskar Pramanik, Microsoft India chairman.
Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella had announced the setting up of the cloud centres almost exactly a year ago in India, pegging the cloud opportunity in the country at nearly $2 trillion. These local data centres would give Microsoft more muscle to complete in the Indian market, especially in the government and regulated sectors such as banking, finance and state owned enterprises.
Competition in the cloud market is increasing with competitors such as IBM spending millions of rupees advertising its Softlayer cloud, and even Oracle making a push in the Indian market with the announcement of several new cloud offerings for different industries.