Microsoft Launches 3 Local Cloud Data Centres

Microsoft has launched three local cloud data centres in India two months ahead of their December cut-off date. The hyper-scale data centres in Pune, Mumbai and Chennai will offer commercial cloud services as the US software giant looks to tap the growing demand for pay-per-use services in India.
They will serve Office 365, customer relationship management, analytics and other software-as-service offerings, besides Microsoft's Azure cloud computing. 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 company said it has already seen “significant interest“ from over 125 customers in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector, government departments, independent software vendors (ISVs), ecommerce companies and startups in an early preview programme that allowed customers to take a look at the services that will be offered by Microsoft.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella had announced the plan to set up cloud centres in India exactly a year ago, pegging the cloud opportunity in the country at nearly $2 trillion.
Microsoft is the first multinational to put its data centers in India. IBM and Amazon have also said they would put data centers in the country by the end of next year.
Placing servers in the country expands the addressable market for cloud service providers. Several sectors were unable to use the public cloud services in the past because of rules that required that the data be hosted in the country.

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