US-based Microsoft has revealed the technology company’s latest cloud business achievements in India.
The latest announcement comes in the wake of both Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are emerging as the preferred cloud platform for start-ups and large enterprises in India.
Google is offering $300 credit to enterprises to attract customers to its Cloud platform.
Microsoft works with over 200,000 large, medium and small enterprises, 29 State Governments and over 5,000 start-ups in the country.
In the last 18 months, the company has seen many these customers start their digital transformation using the hybrid cloud. Microsoft, the only provider of all three clouds – private, public and hybrid – has also launched Azure Stack in India.
Azure Stack, an extension of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios.
Major Azure Stack partners HP, Dell EMC, Lenovo and Cisco, have started shipping Azure Stack to customers in India.
Microsoft has three of its 42 global datacenters regions located in India at Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. Microsoft was the first global public cloud provider to offer local cloud services in India. Microsoft was the first public cloud service provider to be empanelled by Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY) in late 2016.
“Microsoft and our partners are helping customers who want to utilize the full power of our cloud platform and use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cognitive Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT),” said Anant Maheshwari, president of Microsoft India.
The software company said financial Services and Information Technology (IT/ITeS) have emerged as the top Microsoft cloud adopters followed by the Manufacturing industry and Startups in the last year. Microsoft has also witnessed significant uptake of its cloud in the education sector.
10 of the 12 largest banks in India including State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, Yes Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, IndusInd Bank and others use Microsoft Cloud solutions.
BankChain, a blockchain consortium of 30 banks runs on Microsoft Azure blockchain platform. They are creating innovative applications on top of Azure for near real-time cross-border remittance at near zero cost, real-time peer-to-peer transfer systems with automated reconciliation.
Top five Indian IT/ITeS companies are using Microsoft Cloud solutions and advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Cognitive Solutions, Big Data & Analytics, Power BI and other services on Azure.
Auto manufacturing companies such as Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp and others are on Microsoft Cloud.
Microsoft adds more than 100 startups every month to its BizSpark program. Microsoft supports 5000 startups yearly through multiple programs including Microsoft Accelerator. In 2017, Flipkart, Ola Cabs and Prime Focus started to use Microsoft cloud.
Microsoft generates more than 95 percent of its business through channel partners. Microsoft India has more than 9,000 cloud partners. Globally, Microsoft has 64,000 partners — more than any other cloud services provider.