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Microsoft India releases end-to-end cloud services

Posted: 16 Mar 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud services  software  platform 

Microsoft India unleashed its end to end offering for cloud services addressing all the three service layers of infrastructure, platform and software applications in India. This makes it the only company as it claims to be ready to make it's customers' journey to the cloud real with enterprise-class cloud-based offerings. To mark the occasion, Microsoft India also announced commercial availability of the Windows Azure Platform, an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft's datacentres.

This move will enable companies in India to strengthen their IT roadmap by including the cloud as a core component of their strategy to drive higher productivity and efficiencies. "Microsoft has always led the industry in the software space. With businesses looking to the cloud to bring higher efficiencies, it is natural for us to extend our strength and expertise of the past 15 years in the cloud space and offer the value of our experience to customers." said Rajan Anandan, managing director, Microsoft India.

Microsoft enables cloud computing across the three service layers:

SaaS: Software-as-a-service with Microsoft Online Services, Office Web Apps, Microsoft Hosted Dynamics

PaaS: Platform-as-a-service with Windows Azure Platform [Windows Azure, SQL Azure; AppFabric

IaaS: Infrastructure-as-a-service with Windows Server, SystemCentre, Dynamic Data Centre Toolkit

With the availability of the Windows Azure Platform as a service, the Microsoft cloud stack is complete. The Windows Azure Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications in a secure, interoperable and cost effective manner, spanning scenarios from consumer Web to enterprise.

Microsoft's ecosystem of customers, partners and developers in India has demonstrated overwhelming enthusiasm for the platform. More than 50 partners including HCL Technologies, Wings Infonet Ltd Info, Cerebrate and CDC Software are developing commercial applications and solutions on Windows Azure platform. Today, customers have access to over 3000 applications on Azure platform, fifty of them for various vertical scenarios including healthcare, finance and accounting etc.

"We strongly believe Indian enterprises are ready for the cloud, and we are excited about the opportunity that Windows Azure platform brings to companies like us. We will be able to rapidly deliver cloud based applications that work seamlessly with the rest of the Enterprise infrastructure, helped along by Microsoft's holistic cloud strategy," said G.H. Rao, corporate VP and head, engineering and R&D services, HCL Technologies.

Cost efficiencies are being seen as one of the key benefits of the cloud computing paradigm. "SMBs in India are looking for low cost solutions without the hassle of running an in-house infrastructure. Windows Azure is not only a reliable and scalable platform for customers to access online services, but also enables us to create feature-rich applications for different devices and a large set of users without worrying about IT infrastructure". said Ajay Gandhi, managing director, Wings Infonet Ltd. Microsoft's estimates reveal that with the Windows Azure Platform, customers and partners can realise a reduction in total cost of operations of key workloads by up to 30% to 40% over a 3 year period.

The ease of application development including the advantage of interoperability with other platforms and programming languages gives us a plethora of opportunities to deploy applications for a large user set. Further, the customers are able to store the data on Azure and manage it with ease and convenience that in turn significantly reduces IT costs for them. "We see immense potential for Azure and cloud based services among Indian enterprises in the coming months," said Gaurav Mantri, founder CEO of Cerebrata Software P Ltd. "The security and reliability offered by Windows Azure is expected to attract a large customer base on the cloud which we believe should increase the adoption of the services model for critical sectors such as banking and government," said Nagaraja Prakasam, managing director, south and southeast Asia, CDC Software

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