Microsoft Azure services are available via local datacenter regions in India, Microsoft India announced Tuesday.
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.
“The Microsoft cloud in India will transform the way computing is done in the country,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. “We are happy to partner with Government and businesses to make the Microsoft cloud work for India and for Indians.”
With the local cloud services, Microsoft said, India’s regulated industries such as BFSI, government departments and state-owned enterprises will 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 such as media companies, 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’s offering is expected to accelerate Indian government’s Digital India and Smart Cities programs. Moreover, sectors like startups and small and medium businesses, education and IT will benefit from the launch.
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.
“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.
Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion in building a resilient cloud infrastructure and cloud services. Its cloud infrastructure currently includes more than 100 datacenters located in over 40 countries.