Microsoft to invest Rs.15,000 crore in Hyderabad data centre
On Monday, the tech giant Microsoft announced its upcoming largest India data centre region in Hyderabad at an investment of over Rs.15,000 crore over a period of 15 years.
The Telangana government and Microsoft Monday jointly announced the data centre investment which will be Microsoft’s largest data centre region in India. Microsoft will make the investment over a period of 15 years into the new data centre region spread across three sites – Chandanvelly, Ellikatta, and Kottur.
The announcement was made in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Telangana’s Information Technology Minister, K T Rama Rao, and Principal Secretary, ITE&C, Jayesh Ranjan. The event was also attended by Microsoft’s Executive Vice President, Jean-Philippe Courtois, and Microsoft India President, Anant Maheshwari.
Telangana IT & industries minister K T Rama Rao said, “This makes Microsoft’s data centre investment the second largest foreign direct investment in Telangana after Amazon Web Services (AWS) $2.77 billion FDI in its second Asia Pacific data centre region in India after Mumbai.”
The new data centre in Hyderabad will deliver advanced data security and cloud solutions that will help enterprises, start-ups, developers, education, and government institutions.
The software giant already has its India development centre in Hyderabad, which is the largest in the world outside its headquarters in the US. Through the data centre region, Microsoft will enable opportunities for local businesses to innovate with Microsoft Cloud Services in Hyderabad and across Telangana.
The Hyderabad data centre region is another addition to the existing network of 3 regions in India across Pune, Mumbai, and Chennai, which have been operational for more than five years.
K T Rama Rao called it an iconic moment in the development story of Telangana.
“This will be one of the largest FDIs that Telangana has attracted; Will indirectly support local business growth and facilitate job creation across IT operations, facilities management, data and network security, network engineering, and much more,” he said.
Union Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “Today’s commitment to the people and businesses of India will position the country among the world’s digital leaders. A Microsoft data centre region provides a competitive advantage to our digital economy and is a long-term investment in our country’s potential. The cloud is transforming every industry and sector. The investment in skilling will empower India’s workforce today and into the future.”
“Microsoft and Telangana go a long way back with Hyderabad hosting one of the largest Microsoft offices in the world and I am happy to see the relationship grow,” said Rama Rao.
Maheshwari noted that Cloud Services are poised to play a critical role in reimagining the future of business and governance and enabling overall inclusion in the country. “The new data centre will augment Microsoft’s cloud capabilities and capacity to support those working across the country. It will also support new entrepreneurial opportunities while meeting critical security and compliance needs. The new data centre region is a testament to our mission to empower the people and organizations of India to achieve more,” he said.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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