Microsoft’s Windows Azure will help Essar obtain the benefits of both public and private cloud computing
India based Essar Group, a conglomerate in the sectors of steel, oil & gas, power, communications, shipping, ports & logistics, projects and minerals, has implemented Windows Azure to offer its customers Web-based applications with enhanced performance and scalability while maintaining low infrastructure and management costs.
Microsoft’s Windows Azure will help Essar take advantage of both public and private cloud computing while also reducing the level of IT maintenance required to manage the applications on-premises.
The cloud services platform from Microsoft will provide developers with on-demand computing and storage, as well as the ability to scale and manage Web applications, as it is hosted in Microsoft datacentres.
Essar expects that Windows Azure will help the company to increase profitability and reduce costs by as much as 65% and also allows IT staff members to devote more time to mission-critical operations.
In co-operation with MindTree, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner that delivers IT services and software product engineering, Essar transitioned four of its applications, HSECAR (Corrective Action Report (CAR) system), AVID (A Voyage into Insatiable Discovery), Saksham and Visitor Management System & Gate Pass System, to the Windows Azure platform in August 2011.
Essar Group chief technology officer Jayantha Prabhu said in addition to cutting costs, Windows Azure has given Essar the flexibility to scale compute and storage resources up and down as needed.
"In fact, we can maintain the high level of scalability needed at a lower total cost of ownership compared with an on-premises solution," Prabhu said.