Microsoft plans to set up cloud data centre in India

microsoftMicrosoft is planning to set up its first cloud data centre in India, as according to Gartner, public cloud services market in India is expected to grow from USD 423 million in 2013 to USD 1.3 billion in 2017, reports ET. Currently, the company is providing cloud computing services to Indian customers through its global data centres.

According to corporate VP and Microsoft CIO Jim Dubois, Cloud services are the fastest growing segment for the company, though it contributes less than 5% to Microsoft’s overall revenue as of now. “It (cloud services) is growing double, triple digit every month, not every year,” 

“We are considering a data centre in India. There are a lot of different companies that are looking at cloud right now, in anticipation that Microsoft will somehow figure out how to get that work,” said Jim Dubois.

The other cloud players in this India are Amazon which has 8 data centres globally to serve its cloud services while Microsoft has 13 and Google 12. At present, all three companies have data centres in Singapore, but none in Mainland China or India.

There are different factors which are preventing these to setting up its data centre in the country such as Unpredictable power supply, patchy internet connectivity, limited bandwidth and unreliable optical fibre connectivity between different parts of the country. But Gartner believes that changes in political and economic scenario have triggered positive sentiment for making such investments in India.

“With high optimism, everyone is of opinion that enterprises will invest more into expansion and they will have to leverage IT for growth,” said Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner.

“Over the last couple of years, the groundwork has been done in terms of Indian customers understanding nuances in public cloud. We are hearing about Amazon considering setting up a data centre in India but nothing has happened yet,”  Mishra said.

More from Economic Times: However, RBI guidelines prohibit storing any customer data outside of India, which limits cloud adoption by financial services company. 

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