After IBM And Microsoft, Amazon To Build India Datacenter
As the cloud war started picking up in India, the cloud vendors have started putting investment to have better services to its customers and partners and build their confidence. Cloud Computing giant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, said that it will open an AWS infrastructure region in India for its cloud computing platform in 2016.
AWS has already made significant investments in building resources and local billing. AWS established two edge locations in Mumbai and Chennai for Amazon CloudFront in July 2013, as the company said its geographical expansion is a key priority.
Globally, AWS competes with Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, and IBM Softlayer. Microsoft announced earlier this year that it will be setting up three data centers in the country by the end of this year and a private preview of cloud services from India data centers is scheduled for next month. The software major has been aggressively expanding over the past few months, including the announcement to support Linux. IBM established its first data center in Mumbai last year, and is expected to setup its next one later this year.
Experts believe that apart from improved latency speed, having data centers in a local region also ensures that the data from the clients aren’t crossing the geographical boundaries, especially in the wake of Snowden revelations. It is also a big push to the government’s Digital India initiative.
“Tens of thousands of customers in India are using AWS from one of AWS’ 11 global infrastructure regions outside of India. Several of these customers, along with many prospective new customers, have asked us to locate infrastructure in India so they can enjoy even lower latency to their end users in India and satisfy any data sovereignty requirements they may have,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President, AWS. “We’re excited to share that Indian customers will be able to use the world’s leading cloud computing platform (AWS) in India in 2016 – and we believe India will be one of AWS’s largest regions over the long term.”
Customers in India such as Hike, PayTM, ZEDO, Freshdesk, Inmobi, Capillary Technologies, HackerEarth, Getit, Ferns N Petals, redBus, Druva, Vserv, Hungama, Tata Motors, Jubilant Food Works, STAR India, Future Group, Manipal Global Education, Classle, NDTV, Dalmia Bharat Sugar, Usha International, Macmillan India, Apeejay Stya and Svran Group are already using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, speed time-to-market, and expand geographic reach in minutes.
AWS also has a vibrant ecosystem in India, including partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on the platform. The AWS Consulting Partners in India include Accenture, Blazeclan, Frontier, Intelligrape, Minjar, Progressive, PWC, SaaSforce, SD2labs, Team Computers, Wipro, and many others. Among the AWS Technology Partners in India are Adobe, Druva, Freshdesk, Indusface, Microsoft, Newgen, RAMCO, SAP, Seclore and many others.
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