Press release from Business Wire India
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 12:42 PM IST (07:12 AM GMT)
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Microsoft India Unveils End-to-End Cloud Services Portfolio for Customers and Partners Launches Windows Azure Platform in India
Ecosystem in India Betting on Windows Azure Platform: 50 Partner Companies on Board: Over 3500 Applications Already Built
New Delhi, Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 09, 2010 — (Business Wire India) — Demonstrating its leadership in Cloud Services, Microsoft India today unveiled its end to end offering for customers, partners and developers in India. 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 makes Microsoft the only company today that is ready to make customers’ journey to the cloud real with enterprise-class cloud-based offerings across all three service layers in the cloud including infrastructure, platform, and software applications.
Today’s 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
I SaaS: Software-as-a-service.
Microsoft offerings: Microsoft Online Services, Office Web Apps, Microsoft Hosted Dynamics
II PaaS: Platform-as-a-service.
Microsoft offerings: Windows Azure Platform [Windows Azure, SQL Azure; AppFabric
III IaaS: Infrastructure-as-a-service
Microsoft offerings: Windows Server, SystemCentre, Dynamic Data Centre Toolkit
While with the Windows Azure Platform, Microsoft is making the Platform available as a service, over the last two years Microsoft has already launched several products and solutions in India across other layers as part of its Cloud Strategy for Enterprises. These include hosted Dynamics, Office Web Apps, Microsoft Online Services [comprising Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live meeting], Windows Server, SystemCentre and the Dynamic Data Centre Toolkit ‘This completes our cloud stack.’ said Mr Anandan. ‘All of our popular products are already cloud-ready, and we have a clear future roadmap to provide anytime, anywhere access across diverse devices spanning computer, mobile and Internet. We are ready today to help customers leverage the benefits of cloud services.’
The Windows Azure Platform provides a range of functionality to build applications in a secure, interoperable and cost effective manner, spaning scenarios from consumer Web to enterprise. Microsoft’s rich 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 GH 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, MD Wings Infonet Ltd Infonet Ltd. Microsoft’s estimates reveal that with the Windows Azure Platform, customers and partners can realize a reduction in Total Cost of Operations of key workloads by up to 30 to 40% over a 3 year period.
|Partner||Solution Developed on Windows Azure Platform|
|Wings Infonet Ltd||SaaS based Accounting Package and Supply chain management system for SMB customers on Azure|
|CDC Software||Complaint Management and Enterprise Feedback Management System|
|Cerebrate||Cloud storage Studio (CSS) is a Windows (WPF) based client for Windows Azure Storage that helps users manage tables, queues & blob containers.|
|HCL||Management application developed|
‘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
“No other company matches the flexibility and the power of choice that Microsoft provides to customers -to select how they deploy software either on premise, in the cloud, or a combination of both, and, of course, the ability to access technology across multiple screens – viz the phone, PC and Internet. We believe that Microsoft’s initiative and leadership in cloud services will be beneficial to customers, partners and developers as we architect our solutions to optimize for cloud and on-premises solutions.” said Mr. Anandan.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in 13 cities – Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.
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