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As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Microsoft Cloud in India, I wanted to share some examples of the great outcomes our customers have been able to achieve since moving to the cloud, as well as some of our continued efforts to make Microsoft Azure the platform of choice for customers in India.
In September 2015, Microsoft was the first global cloud provider to offer services from local datacenters in three regions in India (Central, South and West). These regions provide our customers with trusted cloud services that help them meet local compliance and policy requirements. In addition, replication of data in multiple datacenters across India gives customers reliable, geo-redundant data protection for business continuity, for both pure cloud and hybrid scenarios.
With India’s rapidly expanding economy, we see an incredible opportunity to help customers of all sizes and industries take advantage of the cloud. Today, customers across the public sector, financial services, healthcare, and rapidly growing startups, are all choosing Azure to help go faster, achieve more, and grow their businesses. As we look back on the past year, we are proud to see our customers’ achievements, for example:
- Reliance General Insurance bringing health benefits to millions of under-privileged people across the country
- Sri Chaitanya Schools delivering superior quality personalized education
- Fortis Healthcare creating value for healthcare organizations and patients
Since launch, we have continued expanding our service offerings and provided over 50 Azure services locally, combined with compliance certifications such as ISO 27001, ISO 27018, SOC 1, SOC 2, and PCI.
Today, I’m pleased to share that we are continuing our investment in India by opening additional subscription options. We have enabled Indian customers to access Azure’s India regions via credit card (direct online subscriptions). This allows customers to leverage the full power of our hyperscale offering on demand. Additionally, we have enabled Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) subscriptions to access India regions. Our CSP partners around the world deliver high value services on top of Azure, with fully integrated customer support and billing. We are very excited to expand these programs to India, and expect them to continue to fuel innovation in the market.