After announcing the availability of Microsoft Azure services via local data center regions in India a few days ago, Microsoft has now announced that Office 365 services will now be delivered in India from the local datacenters in three new regions – Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai.
With the launch of the new datacenters in India, Office 365 becomes the first global commercial cloud service to provide productivity and collaboration services from within India. Businesses in India will benefit from data residency, which is particularly important to organizations in regulated industries, such as banking, government, and healthcare.
During his visit to India last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had announced that Microsoft will offer commercial cloud services from local data centers by the end of 2015. Microsoft aims to strengthen their support to the government's Digital India vision and accelerate the Indian government's digital transformation initiative. After the availability of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services now, Dynamics CRM Online services will follow in the first half of 2016.
Microsoft had also announced a Cloud Accelerator Program along with its partners to help businesses create cloud adoption blueprints to identify applications which can move to the cloud. More than 15 Microsoft partners including HCL, Wipro, and Tech Mahindra are a part of the Cloud Accelerator Program in India.
Source: Office Blogs