Microsoft has lately claimed that 70 of the top 100 Bombay Stock Exchange listed companies are now using Microsoft cloud to drive their digital transformation.
In the last 18 months, the company has seen many these customers start their digital transformation using the hybrid cloud. Microsoft claims to be the only provider of all three clouds – private, public and hybrid and also Microsoft has launched Azure Stack for India.
Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and brings the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments and enables entirely new hybrid cloud scenarios. All the major Azure Stack partners HP, Dell, EMC, Lenovo and Cisco, have started shipping Azure Stack to customers in India. A large Azure Stack ready partner ecosystem has been created with partners such as Netmagic, Embee and G7CR.
“We are fueling innovation and accelerating India’s digital transformation with our global and local cloud services. As many mobile-only and cloud-only collaboration and productivity scenarios emerge in the workplace, we are working with our customers and partners to accelerate movement to the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge in the next year, and to help build new engines of growth. Microsoft and our partners are helping customers who want to utilize the full power of our cloud platform and use Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cognitive Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT),” said Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India.
“As the pace of digital transformation picks up in 2018, we recognize that many customers prefer to evolve gradually by first moving to a hybrid cloud environment before fully embracing the public cloud. With Azure Stack, we will help our customers move forward in their preferred digital transformation path at a pace they prefer,” he added.
Microsoft cloud over the years has been providing its premier cloud solution to many sectors. Few of the sectors below have been successfully using Microsoft cloud services:
In the education sector, Microsoft’s cloud offerings are built on the foundation of the National Knowledge Network Grid (NKN) and is used by several technical institutes in India including Narsee Monjee Institute (Mumbai), FIITJEE (Chennai) and Deccan Education(Pune), among others.
Microsoft in its official release claims that Financial Services and Information Technology (IT/ITeS) have emerged as the top Microsoft cloud adopters followed by the Manufacturing industry and Startups in the last year.
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 and others). BankChain, a blockchain consortium of 30 banks runs exclusively on Microsoft Azure blockchain platform.
Microsoft has added more than 100 startups every month to its BizSpark program.
In the auto manufacturing sector, the market leaders (Tata Motors, Hero MotoCorp and others) in all four sub-segments (passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, three-wheelers and two-wheelers) are on Microsoft Cloud.
Microsoft notes that it has been a partner-led company, which reflects the fact that it generates more than 95% of its business through the robust and constantly evolving partner ecosystem. Today, Microsoft India has more than 9,000 cloud partners.
Globally, Microsoft has 64,000 partners — more than any other cloud services provider.
Microsoft has three of its 42 global datacenters regions located in India at Mumbai, Pune and Chennai.
In India, Microsoft has been operating since September 2015. It is known to be the first global public cloud provider to offer local cloud services in India. Microsoft was also the first public cloud service provider to be empaneled by Ministry of Information Technology (MeitY) in late 2016.