Microsoft to invest Rs 150bn to build Hyderabad datacenter region
American tech giant Microsoft plans to invest more than INR 15,000 crores ($1.95 billion) in Hyderabad, Telangana to build its fourth datacenter region in India.
Microsoft said that the investment in the Hyderabad datacenter region aligns with its efforts in helping clients thrive in a cloud and artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled digital economy.
The datacenter region in Hyderabad will cater to enterprises, start-ups, developers, and government and education institutions.
The other Microsoft datacenter regions in India are in Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai.
The Hyderabad datacenter region is expected to offer the full portfolio of Microsoft covering the AI, data solutions, cloud, productivity tools, and customer relationship management (CRM) with advanced data security.
Anant Maheshwari — Microsoft India President, commenting on the new datacenter region in Hyderabad, said: “The new datacenter 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 datacenter region is a testament to our mission to empower the people and organizations of India to achieve more.”
Microsoft’s cloud datacenters in India are serving the likes of Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Jio, Dr. Reddy’s Labs, ICICI, the State Bank of India, and Apollo Hospitals among others.
The Hyderabad datacenter region is anticipated to play a major role in meeting the rising cloud needs of India, said the American tech giant.
Microsoft plans to open up opportunities for local businesses in Hyderabad and across Telangana for innovating with the help of Microsoft Cloud services. Besides, the US firm is said to be working closely with the government of Telangana to fast track the adoption of AI, cloud, cybersecurity solutions, and Internet of Things (IoT) for governance.
KT Rama Rao — Telangana Information Technology Minister said: “I am extremely delighted that Microsoft chose Hyderabad as the destination for its largest datacenter investment in India.
“This will also be one of the largest foreign direct investments (FDIs) the state has attracted. Microsoft and Telangana have a long history, with Hyderabad hosting one of the largest Microsoft offices in the world, and I am happy to see the relationship grow.”