New Delhi - Microsoft announced plans Tuesday to offer its commercial cloud services from Indian data centres as it seeks to tap what it calls a $2-trillion (R23 trillion) market in the country where Internet use is growing rapidly.
The move is part of the US tech giant's strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company would set up data centres in three Indian cities by the end of 2015, describing the country's demand for cloud services as “incredible”.
“Last year, our cloud business in India grew over by 100 percent,” said Nadella, on his first trip to India after taking the top job at the company in February.
“Buoyed by that success, we have now decided to offer cloud services from local data centres,” he told reporters.