Microsoft building data centers in India to offer Azure and Office 365 services locally

Microsoft has announced that it will establish three data centers in India by the end of 2015 through which the software maker will be able to offer Azure and Office 365 services. According to Satya Nadella, who is currently visiting India:

"Last year, our cloud business in India grew over 100 percent. Buoyed by that success we have now decided to offer cloud services from local data centres. This will help us make global infrastructure and make that available to local data centres. Microsoft's locally available cloud services will open opportunities for banking, financial services, and insurance companies, state-owned enterprises and government departments."

Having a data center that is located within the country would allow Microsoft to partner with the Indian government and other establishments that require data to be stored locally. Nadella did not reveal the size of the investment Microsoft will be making in India, although he did state that the initial push will be high. "I can't give you a specific amount but as we get started you will see the scale. The initial footprint itself will be quite high.

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Source: Bloomberg

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.