Ola to shift entire workload from Microsoft’s Azure to Krutrim, CEO Bhavish Aggarwal says

Bhavish Aggarwal. Photo courtesy: twitter.com/bhash

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Bengaluru/IBNS-CMEDIA: Ola founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bhavish Aggarwal announced that his mobility company has made the decision to transition its entire workload from tech giant Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure to Ola’s Krutrim cloud over the next week.

Following Aggarwal’s criticism of Microsoft-owned employment-focused social media platform LinkedIn for removing his post on pronoun illness, he highlighted the platform’s action as an imposition of political ideology.

Aggarwal underscored the necessity for India to cultivate its own technological capabilities and artificial intelligence (AI).

“Since LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft and Ola is a big customer of Azure, we’ve 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,” said Aggarwal, in a company blog post.

“Any other developer who wants to move out of Azure, we will offer a full year worth of free cloud usage. As long as you don’t go back to Azure after that ! Mail us on exitazure@olakrutrim.com. Offer is perpetually open,” he said.

Last week, the conflict began when LinkedIn’s AI used “they” instead of “he” to refer to Aggarwal, leading him to question the AI’s neutrality and accuse the platform of promoting a political agenda.

“Dear LinkedIn, this post of mine was about YOUR AI imposing a political ideology on Indian users that’s unsafe, sinister. Rich of you to call my post unsafe! This is exactly why we need to build own tech and AI in India. Else we’ll just be pawns in others political objectives,” posted Aggarwal on May 09, 2024 on X (formerly Twitter).