Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be building data centers in India to serve Azure and Office 365 customers locally. The Redmond giant has commissioned three "hyper-scale" data centers that will launch by the end of the year.
According to Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik:
Microsoft has 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.
Microsoft is targeting a formal launch by the end of the calendar year, and is looking to facilitate growth in the government and financial sectors with its cloud services:
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.
Pramanik revealed that Microsoft is witnessing an annual growth of 105 percent in India for its cloud business, stating that the addition of local data centers will further catalyse growth in the country:
In a sense, we will be the market maker and get the Indian clients to move more to the cloud at a faster pace.
Microsoft's strategy for the year ahead was also discussed:
If you think about the coming year, for us it is going to be about the cloud, and it is going to be about Windows 10.