Microsoft is betting big on its cloud offering through localized data centers, hoping to get a large pie from the government’s ambitious Digital India initiative and e-commerce firms. The government has been asking multinational firms to host data locally to ward off security issues.
Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said that the company’s local data centres offer enormous computing power that government can leverage.
“The availability of Microsoft cloud services through local data centres has the potential to make Digital India a reality,” Pramanik told ET.
Microsoft operates three data centers in India — in Chennai, Mumbai and Pune — out of a total of more than 100 data centres in 40 countries. It has till date invested over $ 15 billion in cloud infrastructure worldwide. In September, Microsoft announced the availability of commercial cloud services — Microsoft Azure and Office 365 — from the three data centres, which according to it, are hyper-scalable with thousands of servers, tremendous storage capability, and massive network capacity.
Pramanik believes that the company’s data centres are well positioned to roll out many government-to-citizen services encompassing e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare and education programmes that can positively impact 1.25 billion Indians.
The impact on citizens is expected to be significant as it will accelerate e-governance and rollout of citizen services at an unprecedented scale and speed by state governments, thereby accelerating the Centre’s Digital India and Smart Cities initiatives, he said.