The Hindu Business Line

Joins hands with Mi­crosoft for cloud in­fra­struc­ture

Will build new data cen­tres across the coun­try

- VARUN AG­GAR­WAL Tech · Data Storage · Databases · Microsoft · Jio · Mukesh Ambani · Microsoft Office · India · Gujarat · Maharashtra · Microsoft Office 365 · Mukesh Ambani · Satya Nadella

Within months of launch­ing its new Jio Fiber ser­vices, Re­liance Jio could soon be­come one of the largest cus­tomers and part­ners for Mi­crosoft glob­ally.

On Mon­day, dur­ing Re­liance In­dus­try’s 42nd An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing, Chair­man Mukesh Am­bani an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Mi­crosoft, wherein Re­liance Jio will com­pletely mi­grate all its in­ter­nal work­force to Mi­crosoft Of­fice 365, which will in­clude all the cloud-based col­lab­o­ra­tion tools. Jio will also port all its ex­ist­ing soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions used within the com­pany to Mi­crosoft Azure Cloud.

Now, while all this Jio data is set to re­side on Mi­crosoft servers, Re­liance said it will be build­ing new data cen­tres across the coun­try where Mi­crosoft will setup its cloud solutions. Es­sen­tially, for the first time Mi­crosoft is re­veal­ing who ac­tu­ally will host its data cen­tres in In­dia.

Mi­crosoft cur­rently has three data cen­tres in In­dia, each of which are ac­tu­ally part of ex­ist­ing data cen­tre fa­cil­i­ties of com­pa­nies such as Net­magic and CtrlS DataCen­ters.

Now, Mi­crosoft will be able to ex­pand its data cen­tre foot­print in In­dia in a big way with RJio­op­er­ated data cen­tres.

To get enough cus­tomers for Mi­crosoft, Jio will jointly of­fer solutions for small, medium as well as large en­ter­prises where Jio will sell a bun­dle of of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing Jio Fiber and sev­eral of Mi­crosoft’s cloud-based solutions such as video con­fer­enc­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion of­fer­ings in a pack­age that’ll start as low as ₹1,500 a month. “As part of this new agree­ment, Jio will set up data cen­tres across In­dia, con­sist­ing of next-gen­er­a­tion com­pute, stor­age and net­work­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and Mi­crosoft will de­ploy its Azure plat­form in th­ese data cen­tres to sup­port Jio’s of­fer­ings,” RIL said in a re­lease.

The ini­tial two data cen­tres, which can house IT equip­ment con­sum­ing up to 7.5 MW of power, are be­ing set up in Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra. Th­ese are tar­geted to be fully op­er­a­tional in cal­en­dar year 2020.

Re­liance Jio has been al­ready spend­ing bil­lions of dol­lars lay­ing in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port its mo­bile and broad­band ser­vices. The new data cen­tres will add to the com­pany’s rev­enue po­ten­tial by of­fer­ing value added ser­vices.

“Your com­pany has in­vested nearly ₹3.5 lakh crore to­wards cre­at­ing a state-of-the-art dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture across In­dia, with the largest op­ti­cal fi­bre foot­print,” Mukesh Am­bani told share­hold­ers on Mon­day.

“Jio and Mi­crosoft will part­ner to launch new cloud data cen­tres in In­dia, en­sur­ing more or­gan­i­sa­tions can ac­cess the tools and plat­forms they need to build their own dig­i­tal ca­pa­bil­ity,” said Mi­crosoft CEO Satya Nadella through video con­fer­enc­ing dur­ing the RIL AGM.

“We have an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy to help or­gan­i­sa­tions across In­dia in­no­vate and grow,” said Nadealla. “The com­bi­na­tion of Jio’s lead­ing con­nec­tiv­ity and dig­i­tal solutions with Azure, Azure AI and Of­fice 365 will bring pow­er­ful tools and plat­forms for com­pute, stor­age, pro­duc­tiv­ity and more to mil­lions of busi­nesses in the coun­try.”

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