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Ola snaps ties with Microsoft Azure, completes workload shift to in-house Krutrim AI for Cloud services
Ola Krutrim
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Ola snaps ties with Microsoft Azure, completes workload shift to in-house Krutrim AI for Cloud services

| @indiablooms | 23 May 2024, 02:30 pm

Bengaluru/IBNS: Ola Group's founder and CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said on May 22 that the company has completed the shift of its entire workload to in-house artificial intelligence (AI) firm Krutrim, a week after cutting ties with its cloud service provider Microsoft Azure.

"As committed, Azure spend is now 0. All workloads on Krutrim Cloud. Within a week. Will help others also exit and move to our own Indian stack. More than 2500 devs have signed up! Will be working with everyone to get onto our cloud services over coming weeks," Bhavish Aggarwal wrote on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter).

The Ola CEO said around 2,500 developers had signed up to try Krutrim Cloud.

Earlier on May 11, Aggarwal wrote on X that his company was snapping ties with Microsoft's cloud computing platform Azure and would move the entire workload to its inhouse AI firm Krutrim within a week.

The move was triggered after the Ola CEO's post on "pronoun illness" was removed by LinkedIn, a job-search platform owned by Microsoft.

"Since LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft and Ola is a big customer of Azure, we have decided to move our entire workload out of Azure to our own Krutrim cloud within the next week. It is a challenge as all developers know, but my team is so charged up about doing this," Aggarwal wrote on X on May 11.

Ola has been a Microsoft customer since 2017, as per reports.

Krutrim, which means "artificial" in Sanskrit, is focusing on building the entire AI computing stack, and it will operate as a separate company within the Ola Group, similar to the IPO-bound Ola Electric and its cab business, Moneycontrol reported, quoting Bhavish Aggarwal.

According to reports, Ola unveiled a slew of new software and cloud services by Krutrim in May.

Krutrim launched AI cloud services, called Krutrim Cloud, to help developers and enterprises access advanced GPU resources to accelerate their projects and improve productivity, as reported by Moneycontrol.

Krutrim was unveiled in December last year and it became India's first AI unicorn earlier this year after disclosing a $50 million financing at a $1 billion valuation.

As per reports, Krutrim's funding round was led by Matrix Partners India, an early backer of Ola Cabs and Ola Electric.

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