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AWS to launch local cloud services from Indian data centres in 2016

Tue 30 Jun 2015

Amazon is looking to launch its public data centre business in India to respond to the region’s demand for cloud-based services.

Already established in the U.S., Brazil, Germany, Ireland, China, Japan, Singapore and Australia, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now expanding its server infrastructure to provide locally-based services in India. Its Indian customers already include large domestic firms such as automaker Tata Motors, Jubilant FoodWorks and Future Group, as well as smaller startups like Freshdesk and e-commerce site Paytm.

“Thousands of customers in India are using AWS from one of AWS’s eleven global infrastructure regions outside India. Several customers have asked us to locate infrastructure in India,” said AWS senior vice president Andy Jassy.

“Indian customers will be able to use AWS infrastructure in India in 2016 and India will be one of AWS’s largest regions over the long term,” he added.

The new Indian base hopes to lower latency, speed up data transfer and “satisfy any data sovereignty requirements,” an AWS press release suggested.

Amazon has not revealed the exact location of its new Indian data centre nor its estimated launch date, but it is thought it will open some point next year.

According to a Gartner forecast India’s public cloud market is expected to boom over the next year, with revenue reaching up to $838mn (approx. £533mn) by the end of the year – an increase of around 33% on the 2014 revenue. The research group also expects cloud spending in the region to rocket to almost $1.9bn by 2018.

“Organisations in India seeking IT outsourcing services are increasingly turning to public cloud services as an alternative to traditional ITO offerings,” said Gartner research vice president Ed Anderson.

“In fact, cloud services are not only being used for low-value or transient workloads but also increasingly for production workloads, including some mission-critical initiatives,” he continued.


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