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Technology giant Microsoft's Tuesday launch event proved to be a good news for India. The company launched its public cloud services from local data centres yesterday and as a part of this new launch, the company will inaugurate its three data centres - Chennai, Pune and Mumbai - in the country, serving Central India, South India, and West India Azure cloud regions respectively, making Microsoft the first hyper-scale public cloud provider in India, Jason Zander, corporate VP for Microsoft Azure, wrote in a blog post.

The launch is aimed at aiding businesses and organisations to encourage inclusive growth and spur innovation.

The three new data centres are expected to start their operations after the facility is inaugurated by the respective chief ministers - J Jayalalithaa and Devendra Fadnavis.

According to Gartner, a market research firm, the public cloud market is expected to hit the $2 billion mark in another three years.

Speaking at the launch, Tyler Bryson, general manager, marketing and operations, Microsoft India, said, "More organisations and governments will adopt the public cloud which will open up more opportunities for Microsoft."

He further added, "Enterprise-grade performance, flexibility and hybrid capability, openness and trustworthiness are differentiating factors of the Microsoft cloud. In addition, comprehensive higher-level business services enable new business possibilities for customers."

A public cloud is basically based on the standard cloud computing model. Under this model, a service provider makes resources, such as storage and applications, available to the general public over the net.

Microsoft may make these Public cloud services available absolutely free or offer them to customers on a pay-per-usage model.

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