India’s seeing a lot of public involvement from the techscape these days. Microsoft, in a statement made on the 24th, stated that it’s looking at building three “hyper-scale” data centres in India. From these, they’re expecting to roll out services for sectors such as the government and finance industries.
We’re not quite certain – the press releases carried by the Indian print media don’t mention what these are – but we suspect a sizeable chunk of this will be Azure and Office 365; after all, Microsoft India’s cloud business has is growing at roughly 105% annually. Microsoft may be attempting to outwit Amazon and Google’s cloud solutions in South East Asia by building up a stronger base in India.
”If the government has to address 1.2 billion citizens then it needs hyper-scale data centres at an affordable cost, with technology and flexibility,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman of Microsoft India. The tech giant has reportedly set up a number of initiatives around e-governance, education, last-mile access, the start-up ecosystems, smart cities and will continue to drive them going forward; having their own data centers is meant to make these initiatives much more effective.
Microsoft stated that these data centres are expected to be up by the end of the year, and that they’ve already “started a private preview of these data centres with over 100 existing customers on board across different segments such as banking and financial institutions, government, manufacturing and start-ups,”