Microsoft launches Azure Stack in India

Microsoft launches Azure Stack in India

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the launch of Azure Stack for the Indian market.

Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, and it brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments.

The company has partnered with HP, Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco for hardware supply of the product, and it has started shipping the product to customers in India.

A large Azure Stack-ready partner ecosystem has been created with partners such as Netmagic, Embee and G7CR. Meant for the corporate clients, the products are available through these three companies in India.

In the financial services sector, 10 of the 12 largest banks in India use Microsoft Cloud solutions (State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank, YES Bank, Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda, IndusInd Bank). BankChain, a blockchain consortium of 30 banks, runs exclusively on Microsoft Azure blockchain platform.

According to the company, the partner ecosystem is critical in driving digital transformation through the cloud in India. As of date, Microsoft India has more than 9,000 cloud partners. Globally, Microsoft has 64,000 partners - more than any other cloud services provider. Microsoft works with over 2,00,000 large, medium and small enterprises, 29 State governments and over 5,000 startups in the country, with increased thrust in the past 12 months.

Microsoft on Wednesday said that 70 of the top 100 Bombay Stock Exchange-listed companies are now using Microsoft cloud to drive their digital transformation.

Microsoft entities in India have over 8,000 employees, engaged in sales and marketing, research, development and customer services and support, across 11 cities Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.

Microsoft offers its global cloud services from local data centres to accelerate digital transformation across Indian startups, businesses, and government organisations. In 2016, Microsoft opened one of its eight Cybersecurity Engagement Centres in the country, to address security needs of both public and private sectors.

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