Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal Ditches Microsoft Azure Over Western Tech Standoff

Bhavish Aggarwal, founder of the Ola group, ride-hailing and EV manufacturing, has decided to leave Microsoft’s Azure cloud services. Instead, the group will transition to utilizing the cloud services offered by sister company Krutrim AI.

This strategic move comes after LinkedIn removed a post by Aggarwal criticising the use of gender pronouns.

Aggarwal’s post on May 6th, referring to the usage of the pronoun ‘they‘ as an “illness“, violated LinkedIn’s professional community policies, resulting in its removal. In response to this action by LinkedIn, Aggarwal declared that the Ola group would internalize its cloud services, shifting away from reliance on external providers like Microsoft Azure.

This announcement coincides with the recent launch of Krutrim Cloud by Krutrim AI, Aggarwal’s artificial intelligence venture. Krutrim Cloud aims to offer GPU-as-a-service on its AI computing infrastructure, facilitating enterprises and developers in training and optimizing their models.

“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… Any other developer who wants to move out of Azure, we will offer a full year of free cloud usage. As long as you don’t go back to Azure after that,” Aggarwal said in a post on X.

Additionally, Ola plans to contribute to the development of a digital public infrastructure (DPI) social media framework akin to the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). Aggarwal views this initiative as a response to what he perceives as LinkedIn’s “monopoly” and asserts that community guidelines should align with Indian law, rather than corporate decisions.

Aggarwal’s protest against LinkedIn’s actions intensified through a series of posts, highlighting concerns about the platform’s AI imposing political ideologies and advocating for data ownership by creators. His stance garnered support from individuals like Gaurav Munjal, founder of Unacademy while facing criticism from others regarding his views on gender pronouns.

The unfolding events underscore Aggarwal’s determination to challenge corporate influence on digital platforms and advocate for user-centric policies. As Ola ventures into self-reliance with Krutrim AI’s cloud services, the tech landscape witnesses a shift towards homegrown solutions amidst debates on digital sovereignty and corporate responsibility.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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