Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its commercial cloud services in India will be powered by its local datacentres by the end of 2015. This means its Azure and Office 365 services will be powered by its Indian datacentres.The announcement was made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is on his first trip to India ever since taking over from Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft in February.
Analysts are also pretty optimistic regarding Microsoft’s cloud strategy. Commenting on the announcement, Sanchit Gogia, CEO and Chief Analyst, Greyhound Research said, “Microsoft business is an interesting mix between reach and depth – reach via WindowsOS and depth via Enterprise relationships. While Microsoft has surely missed the Mobility curve, it still remains to be a formidable player in Cloud and Platform arena. A new local datacentre will also help Microsoft drive newer breed of partners in the country – India has user base to support this. It’s a key strategy for Micorsoft India as it enables partners and customers to adopt Azure and Office365. Microsoft needs to invest in its partner base that can help customers in complex use cases and needs for integration & migration.”
“Greyhound Research anticipates a pricing war from Amazon and IBM on public Cloud, however, Microsoft still has an edge on .Net support on Azure and also support java and php,” he added.
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