In an attempt to provide cloud services to more businesses in India, technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of its Azure Stack in the country. With this, Microsoft will be offering three types of cloud services to its customers: private, public and hybrid.
As per reports, Microsoft currently caters to over 200K large, medium and small businesses in India, in addition to 29 state governments and up to 5,000 tech startups. According to its spokesperson, around 70 of the top BSE companies have availed Microsoft Azure services.
Commenting on the development, Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari said, “We are fuelling innovation and accelerating India’s digital transformation with our global and local cloud services. As many mobile-only and cloud-only collaboration and productivity scenarios emerge in the workplace, we are working with our customers and partners to accelerate movement to the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge in the next year, and to help build new engines of growth.”
“Microsoft and our partners are helping customers who want to utilise the full power of our cloud platform and use artificial intelligence, machine learning, cognitive intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT),” he added.
Of the total 42 data centres, Microsoft currently has three in India, in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai specifically. In India, Microsoft claims to have more than 9,000 cloud partners, whereas globally the number stands at the 64,000 mark.
In a related development, the Karnataka government’s IT department has reportedly partnered with Microsoft to integrate artificial intelligence and advanced analytics into the state’s public healthcare system.