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AWS launches second cloud region in India, plus $4.4bn investment pledge

Written by Tue 22 Nov 2022

Amazon has gone live with its second AWS cloud infrastructure region in India and announced a planned investment of more than $4.4 billion in the country by 2030.

The new AWS region in Hyderabad is expected to support 48,000 full-time jobs annually and digital transformation efforts in India.

“We are proud to invest in the future of the Indian technology community and workforce, and we are committed to helping organizations across industries increase agility and drive innovation,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at AWS.

The expansion of AWS data centres in India is said to bring ‘greater choice’ to run workloads and deploy applications with more resilience, availability, lower latency, and data sovereignty.

“As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $1 trillion digital economy vision, the ‘India cloud’ is set for big expansion and innovation. Data centers are an important element of the digital ecosystem,” said Shri Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The new region adds three Availability Zones to existing AWS infrastructure, including a region in Mumbai and a local zone in New Delhi.

Government in India will soon enforce the National Cloud and Data Center Policy, which aims to increase the country’s current cloud computing capacity from 565 MW to more than 2565 MW, while remaining green and sustainable.

“[The investment by AWS]  strengthens Telangana’s position as a progressive data center hub in India,” said Shri K. T. Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Industries and Commerce, Municipal Administration, and Urban Development at the Government of Telangana.

With the new region, AWS increases its global total to 30 geographic regions and 96 Availability Zones. Rivals at Microsoft have three cloud regions in India, Google has two, and Oracle owns two data centres with plans for five more regions.

Read more: India data centre market to see $20bn investment by 2025

Written by Tue 22 Nov 2022

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