Customer and Partner Quote sheet – Announcement of commercial cloud services from local datacenters in India



Munish Mittal, CIO, HDFC Bank Ltd.


HDFC Bank uses IT to run its core business. It is important for us to evaluate newer technology trends and keep our core updated. Some of the newer services available on cloud like Machine Learning, analytics, etc. are interesting but out of reach due to location issues. With India based services offering data residency, some of the higher end services would make Indian companies look at cloud with renewed interest. For Banks, cloud offers ability to reduce go to market & flexibility in demand fulfilment management.


V S Parthasarathy, Group Chief Financial Officer, Group CIO, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.


In our business, we have to be innovative and adaptive in the face of Climate Change and Experiential commerce. For us to grow, being ‘Healthier-Leaner-Faster-Smarter’ is the way forward and cloud has helped us achieve this. Microsoft cloud services from local datacenters will support our business growth initiatives and enable us to reach our customers, partners and other key stakeholders in real-time. Cloud services from these datacenters will address the issues of geo- residency, latency and will support real-time systems that need immediate response time for critical transactions. Affordability of cloud services will also create a level playing field for smaller organizations to execute ambitious and innovative initiatives. We appreciate Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud and wish them all the best.


Biswanath Bhattacharya, CEO, HCL Services


HCL and Microsoft share a longstanding relationship across various business lines and we are looking to further it, as the country moves to a new digital era. Azure is a critical part of our cloud strategy and with the coming of cloud services from local datacenters, we are excited to deliver differentiated value services to our end clients in India.


Nilesh Sangoi, CTO, Meru Cab Company Pvt. Ltd.



We have been working with Microsoft to migrate our mission critical computing requirements like the core cab dispatch system and mobile app backend to Azure India DC. Our applications are latency sensitive and we believe that having the DC in India will significantly help us achieve better latencies. We are confident that migrating to world class PaaS cloud solutions from Microsoft will help us in improving agility and resiliency of our systems. Setting up Azure DCs in India is indeed a great commitment from Microsoft for Digital India initiative.


V S Shridhar, Sr. Vice President, Global Enterprise Business, Tata Communications



Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Satya Nadella put a spotlight on the huge economic and social opportunities that the latest technological innovations hold for India. We’re excited to be working with Microsoft, harnessing our superfast network to connect local businesses to Azure cloud services. At Tata Communications, we have always been committed to empowering business globally and in India to enable transformation through the cloud and capitalize upon growth opportunities that the digital economy offers. Our partnership with Microsoft will help us enhance this effort and help further the Digital India mandate.


Kumar KV, Vice President, Information Technology, Narayana Health



Cloud plays a critical role in transforming businesses. Owing to this, we have taken the strategic decision to migrate all our business and system applications to Microsoft Azure running from local datacenters in India. While we already use Office 365 based email services, we will also be adopting Skype for Business, One Drive, SharePoint online and Office online services to improve productivity and strengthen collaboration within our complete network. With cloud services from the local datacenters, we are confident that we will be able to deliver secure, scalable, agile and highly available services to our internal as well as external customers.


Debojit Roy, Vice President, Engineering, Medi Assist India TPA Pvt. Ltd.



We have been evaluating the India Datacenter for our DR (Disaster Recovery) activities. We have successfully replicated our production setup on Azure India Regions and were able to successfully test our BCP scenarios. Quite confident that once India Regions are live we can move all our DR to Azure. We are also evaluating the possibility of moving our current Production setup to Azure.


Soma Sundaresh KR, Head – Product & technology Development, Informatics Publishing Limited



We are aware that Azure services are to be launched in India DCs in the coming days. This is a very positive development and we look forward to see this take off. We expect best in class services to be provided out of local DCs that will be a great advantage to India clients.


Gopal Krishna, CEO, MMADapps



MMADapps feels, that, with a gigantic pool of internet users in India (more than 250 million) and the Government of India initiative of “Digital India”; the two major elements combined together, will act as catalyst in India to become a very large market for internet cloud services. Microsoft announcement of Cloud services from Indian datacenters is important move; certainly addresses concerns on lower latency, possibility of hybrid & community cloud, data residency and regulatory requirement and security. I would like to congratulate Microsoft on general availability of their Azure cloud services through datacenters in India.


Jagannath Narendran, Senior Vice President, Aspect



Companies that are migrating their enterprise transactions to the cloud are realizing better business outcomes, are reallocating CapEx expenditures to core investment areas, and are experiencing faster time to value than companies who have not. Those companies who taking advantage of the cloud have the ability to scale their businesses up and down to the demands of the market much faster putting cloud-smart organizations a big step ahead of the competition.


Microsoft Azure fulfills all this in an elegant platform, and we are pleased to continue our 7 year strategic alliance with Microsoft and further extend this via Microsoft Azure to provide Aspect’s leading customer engagement solutions, unified interaction management and workforce optimization thru the Azure data center infrastructure.


Captain Ranjan, Principal Consultant, Cognosys


Microsoft’s strategy to offer cloud services from Indian datacenters solves the pain point of large corporations which have been plagued with regulatory issues. Being very strong in the enterprise segment, this shall lead Microsoft to capture a large market share of cloud business. Sectors like BFSI, state-owned enterprises and government have traditionally been conservative and need continued support from organizations like Cognosys to understand their complex workloads and ensure that same is properly architected to benefit from Azure’s scalability and performance benefits.
Azure at India shall offer partners like Cognosys a great platform to offer its own cutting edge solutions to a varied set of Indian customers.


Rahul Chitale, CTO,  Getit Infomedia – which runs and


With millions of customers spread across the country we have data and services spanning local search for restaurants, jobs, matrimony, gadgets etc as well as an eCommerce business in hyper growth. Our core business across askme and our askmebazaar properties remains connecting hundreds of millions of consumers gain access to products & services offered by 10’s of millions of businesses, while also being flexible to deal with sudden growth and a zero compromise approach to security and performance.


Moving to the Public Cloud & Azure has not just helped us grow as fast as we want to, but also accelerate moving towards a world class experience which consumers have grown to love and assume. With the advent of in-country cloud services from Microsoft Azure along with rapid evolution in underlying internet tech, the consumer experience is only bound to improve – and what is good for the consumer will be good for us.

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