Local Microsoft data centres get ready to tap ‘Digital India’ opportunities


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.

 The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), as part of Digital empowerment, is planning to enable a mobile platform linked with a person’s Aadhaar number to create a digital identity for every citizen and a digital locker for storing and sharing electronic documents.
Newer and transformational scenarios of computing will also emerge by leveraging cloud infrastructure, the company said, adding that with its localized data centers, programmes such as digital lockers and digital identity will also move quickly and enable better citizen services.
Microsoft is also banking on India’s phenomenal e-commerce growth and firms such as Snapdeal, Ola and JustDial are planning to use a range of its cloud offerings including advanced services such as machine learning, Bing and Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana.
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