According to Microsoft, India with over 1,300 independent software vendors, 1.4 million developers and more than 11,000 system integrators is ideally placed to tap the huge opportunity, which the rapidly developing cloud computing market has to offer.
The global cloud computing market is expected to grow to over $70 billion by 2015 and an additional 300,000 jobs related to cloud services are expected to be created in India over the next five years.
According to Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation, India will not only see a surge in cloud services consumption driving growth and domestic IT usage, but companies across the world will look to India for supporting their transition to cloud computing.
The global software giant's cloud infrastructure supports over 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses globally with leaders from industry and academia also supporting Microsoft cloud services.
NIIT has plans to train over 100,000 students on Windows Azure over the next three years.
According to Rajendra Pawar, chairman NIIT, the institute having foreseen the power of the cloud and the gap in the skill set, would through its exclusive programme, attempt to offset the gap by delivering first-day first-hour trained professionals on Windows Azure.