- Microsoft said it had set up three data centres in India.
- Every year, Microsoft invests around $5 billion in setting up data centres and towards their operations.
- The centres have the ability to scale up further without much of physical expansion.
- Microsoft intends to host its Azure (its cloud platform), Office 365 and CRM Online out of these centres.
- The growing interest in the cloud space from India, coupled with the huge potential for cloud services in the country, drove Microsoft to open these data centres at two distinct locations in India.
- According to Microsoft, its cloud services in India have doubled in revenue the past financial year.
- With the launch of these data centres,firm expects to be better equipped to target sensitive sectors like government and financial services, where data privacy is always at risk.
- From July, customers will be able to participate in the private preview of Azure from the centres.
- The data stored in these data centres will not be taken out of the country.
- Preview would introduce 150 customers to run trials of their apps on Azure, from local infrastructure.
- This preview will be followed by the private preview of Office 365 and CRM online.
- Commercial cloud services from the centres are expected to go live by the end of 2015.