Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik has shared that by the end of 2015, Microsoft will open their three hyper scale data centers in India. Although not yet confirmed, but speculations are rife that these three locations would be Pune, Mumbai and Chennai.
Bhaskar said, “If the government has to address 1.2 billion citizens then it needs hyper-scale data centres at an affordable cost, with technology and flexibility.”
Earlier this year, we had reported that Maharashtra Govt. will store all citizens’ record on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform. But considering the risk involved in storing sensitive data on a server which is located out of India, there are much security concern raised over this development.
It seems that Microsoft is now considering lapping up other such large scale Govt. contracts as well, and the best way to answer security concerns is by having a local data center. Once this comes up, then Microsoft would be the leader in this segment, as no other MNC have announced their plans to open data centers in India.
As of now, Microsoft’s Cloud business in India is growing at a breakneck speed of 105% year on year, and establishing a full fledged cloud based data center will push their growth story even further.