Nadella Assures A Big Push For Windows Azure

by Sohini Bagchi    Mar 20, 2014

cloud computing

As Microsoft started to see its future in devices and services, and not just in software, ‘Cloud’ will remain at the center of its transformation and it has now started getting a greater visibility. In India, the company recently announced that a significant portion of its growth comes from its cloud businesses. Over the last one year, the software giant claims to have added over 2000 enterprise customers every month, across several industry verticals including banking, manufacturing, healthcare and media, and across large, mid-sized and small companies.

Powering cloud transition in India

“Microsoft is powering the cloud transition in India with Windows Azure and a set of comprehensive offerings across private, hybrid and public clouds,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, at the Windows Azure Conference in Bangalore today.

Cloud has always been a subject, close to Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella’s heart, who has announced its vision to create and enhance a mobile-first-cloud-first world. Nadella, known for his phenomenal success with cloud computing at Microsoft - driving Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, to become a more serious competitor to Amazon’s cloud.

“Azure is a powerful platform helping Indian customers leapfrog to the cloud, and accrue significant cost savings. It provides a unique opportunity for our partners to scale their business,” says Satya Nadella, adding that the opportunities ahead for India with the Azure cloud platform are tremendous.

Needless to say, in India, with over 10,000 partners and 1.6 million developers, Microsoft has been aggressively working in the areas of helping businesses assess and transit to the cloud easily. The tech giant is also partnering with academic institutions to create Microsoft Innovation Centers – of which 39 are now operational.

Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Microsoft India too echoes similar sentiment. He states, “We are in a mobile-first, cloud-first world and cloud is becoming an integral part of the IT infrastructure in Indian enterprises today.”

Scalability, reduced costs, flexibility, business agility and speed in new service roll-out are some of the reasons enterprises in India are attracted to cloud services. Microsoft offers enterprise cloud that supports a broad range of third parties, across its SaaS, IaaS and PaaS offerings, as well as hybrid cloud capabilities that provide multi-cloud mobility through several products and offerings.

Experts believe from this perspective, Azure will continue to be the choice of platform for many enterprises. As Varun Sood CIO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd remarks: “To be able to be proactively address the needs of our organization in a simple, flexible, scalable and cost effective manner, we turned to Windows Azure. It has enabled us to establish an efficient foundation for our rapidly growing organization.”

A global perspective

Not only in India, Microsoft’s enterprise cloud services has gained a significant momentum globally too. Nearly 55% Fortune 500 companies are presently using Windows Azure. According to a company data, enterprise social network Yammer now has over 8 million registered users. More than 1 million U.S. government employees use Office 365.

Moreover, Windows Azure Active Directory has handled 400 billion identity authentications. The company has not only invested $15 billion to build its massive cloud infrastructure, but has more than a million servers hosted in its data centers.

Analysts believe in the current business landscape and with its vision to keep its Cloud momentum going, it is obvious for Microsoft to give a huge leeway to its Azure platform, taking its cloud activities to the next level and soon.