Assurance on the cloud
Windows Azure is being accepted by Indian businesses for the fact that it is not only a reliable and scalable platform for customers to access online services, but also for enabling creation of feature-rich applications for different devices and a large set of users without worrying about IT infrastructure.
The Windows Azure Platform, an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted on Microsoft’s data centers, has debuted commercially in India. The latest launch follows up on Microsoft India’s slew of products and solutions launched in India over the past two years 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.
With the arrival of Windows Azure, partner companies, numbering 50, have developed commercial applications and solutions for the India mart. While HCL Technologies has developed a management application developed on Windows Azure to help customers manage data on the cloud, Wings Info has developed a SaaS-based accounting package and SCM solution for SMBs. Meanwhile, CDC Software has developed a complaint management and enterprise feedback system. These new solutions could mean that customers would have access to over 3000 applications on the Azure platform.
With the latest Microsoft India roll out also cloud-ready, it is as if the company has a clear future roadmap to provide anytime, anywhere access across diverse devices spanning computer, mobile and the Internet.
Windows Azure is being accepted by small and medium Indian businesses for the fact that it is not only a reliable and scalable platform for customers to access online services, but also for enabling creation of feature-rich applications for different devices and a large set of users without worrying about IT infrastructure. It has been pointed out that the Windows Azure Platform has all in it to help customers and partners realize a reduction in total cost of operations of key workloads by up to 30 to 40 percent over a three-year period.
Further, the ease of application development including the advantage of interoperability with other platforms and programming languages is said to be providing SMBs opportunities to deploy applications for a large user set. Added to these features is the security and reliability offered by Windows Azure. It is being foreseen that the banking industry and the government would see themselves being lured by Azure in the near term.