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Technology giant initiating, supporting cloud computing in India

By Sahib Mehta

Karan Bajwa and Bhaskar Pramanik at the Windows Azure Conference

BANGALORE (March 20)—Inaugurating India’s first Windows Azure Conference in Bangalore on Thursday via a video message, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, highlighted the shift of Indian businesses to Microsoft’s Azure cloud ecosystem.

Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told media cloud computing and ancillary services were the technology of the future. He explained how Microsoft has a core belief that with the usage of Windows Azure, the part of the country that is not computerized can leapfrog to cloud computing and surge ahead leading to social and economic advancement.

He said in a survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, CEOs of companies said that after a tough four to five years in the global market, they identified technology as the one aspect that will lead to the growth of the industry and attract new consumers and students to their products.

The Windows Azure eco-system is currently supported by redundant datacenters worth $15 billion for data storage which have been built in an eco-friendly manner and have quality certifications from International Organization of Standardization and European Union.

Karan Bajwa, managing director of Microsoft India, said: “Cloud computing as a concept has had the fastest transition from incubation to scale. We entered the market about 18 months ago and since then have grown at an average rate of 200 percent annually to forecasted revenue of $1300 million in 2017.

“We add over 2000 new commercial customers every month to the Azure ecosystem and 1,000 nonpaying customers per day. Also, 1700 start-ups from Bizspark are using the ecosystem to enhance their businesses.”

Varun Sood, CIO Fortis Healthcare and a user of Windows Azure cloud ecosystem said that every business is based two aspects relationships and technology.

He said technology is core for control, driving efficiency and disruption.

He chose to shift the entire network of Fortis Healthcare from Oracle based datacenters to a public cloud-based platform so as to cut costs and make it easier for the entire staff to function with efficiency and be connected across the globe.

“It is critical for doctors to access patient files and other information at all times. That is why I chose to use a cloud-based platform so that functioning becomes easier. In the next two years all functions of Fortis will shift onto the cloud.”

Karan said that most of Bangalore’s IT firms TCS, Wipro, HCL, Cognizance have already started developing applications and software tailored to the cloud computing platform. He said cloud computing has become the means by which they can provide their services.

Bhaskar identified the shift of commercial users from private cloud computing which generates maximum revenue for Microsoft to public cloud platforms which have the maximum growth and traffic.

“It is a new world of devices talking to devices,” he said.





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