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Microsoft to set up data centre in India

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Microsoft is planning to set up its first data centre in India, which is the fastest expanding cloud market. The company will be the first MNC for setting up a data centre in India.

“We’re considering a data centre in the country. There are various companies looking at cloud now, with the anticipation of Microsoft figuring out how to get that work,” said Jim Dubois, Corporate VP and CIO at Microsoft.

Presently, Microsoft is providing cloud computing services at India through global data centres.

However, according to RBI guidelines, it is prohibited to store any customer data outside the country, and that barricades cloud adoption by financial services sector.

The Indian cloud services sector is the fastest growing region for Microsoft, although it accounts for less than 5% revenue of the company.

“The cloud services are growing double and triple digit every month,” said Dubois.

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,” Mishra said.

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