Air India, a Tata Group company, has marked a significant milestone by transitioning to a cloud-only IT infrastructure.
The airline closed its data centers in Mumbai and New Delhi, making it among the first major global airlines to migrate all computational workloads exclusively to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
This shift promises Air India enhanced technological agility and scalability, fostering an accelerated digital transformation. The move unlocks avenues for new digital innovations and applications, ultimately amplifying operational efficiencies, customer experiences, and employee engagement. Moreover, the closure of these data centers is expected to yield net savings of nearly a million dollars annually.
“At Air India, our cloud-only infrastructure philosophy isn’t merely about cost savings but a fundamental reimagination of computing. It’s a pivotal lever for innovation acceleration, underpinned by Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service methodologies,” Satya Ramaswamy, Chief Digital and Technology Officer at Air India, said.
The migration process, overseen by Air India’s top architects and engineers in Silicon Valley, Gurugram, and Kochi, involved meticulous planning to handle the heavy interdependency on various systems within the data centers. It encompassed the migration of workloads from mainframes, servers, extensive data, and equipment to the cloud.
Puneet Chandok, President of Microsoft India & South Asia, lauded Air India’s successful migration to Microsoft Azure, underscoring Microsoft’s commitment to supporting global aviation leaders like Air India through the power and adaptability of the Microsoft cloud.