Microsoft Cloud Expands in Asia

Today, Microsoft announced plans to expand the Microsoft Cloud from new datacentre regions in Korea, including one based in Seoul. With the new datacenter regions becoming available in 2017, Azure and Office 365 customers will benefit from Microsoft’s enterprise-grade reliability and performance combined with data residency within Korea. This includes data replication in multiple locations within Korea for business continuity.

Following today’s announcement of new regions in Korea, Microsoft has now announced 32 Azure regions around the world with 24 generally available today – more than any other major cloud provider.

As one of the largest cloud operators in the world, Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion (USD) in building a resilient cloud infrastructure and cloud services that are highly available and secure while lowering overall costs.

This latest string of investments is proof to Microsoft’s commitment to empower our customers to embrace a cloud-first world on their terms. Businesses in Asia will be able to use the massive computing power available to fuel growth, spur innovation and accelerate digital transformation:
“This news shows us the clear evidence that Microsoft actively responds to market needs. The announcement of Microsoft’s investment in datacenter regions is very meaningful in the sense that Microsoft has a strong vision for Korea, a country that is a clear leader in the global gaming industry.” – Taeyoung Kim, CEO, WEBZEN 
“The ultimate goal of driving innovation through cloud services is to reduce the total cost in business operation and maximize IT efficiency to achieve business agility.  I believe that the expansion of the Microsoft Cloud in Korea will create big momentum for many Korean companies to very actively adopt cloud services.” – Chan Park, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), JYP Entertainment
In addition, Microsoft announced last week the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM served from new datacenter regions in Pune and Chennai, joining Microsoft Azure and Office 365 in providing the trusted Microsoft Cloud in India. The new regions, Central India (Pune) and South India (Chennai), enable data residency for CRM customers in India, bringing enterprise-grade reliability and performance to regulated industries and other businesses.

In India, Microsoft cloud has seen increased adoption in sectors such as financial services, government, healthcare and e-commerce.

Top financial services organizations such as HDFC, ICICI Lombard, IDFC, and Kotak Mahindra Bank; large IT players like Wipro, Infosys, and TCL, and a majority of Indian healthcare providers including Fortis Healthcare, Apollo Hospitals, AIIMS, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), and Narayana Health, have adopted Microsoft cloud. New generation ecommerce players and start-ups like Snapdeal, PayTM, Pepperfry, Meru cabs, etc., are also leveraging the power of Microsoft cloud to spur their growth momentum and connect better with customers.

For more information on the above announcements, please visit:
·       Blog Post by Takeshi Numoto, CVP, Cloud + Enterprise Division, Microsoft Corp

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