Amazon Web Services establishes Data Center(s) in India to offer Cloud Computing Platforms

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the launch of the Asia-Pacific (Mumbai) Region – the sixth in Asia Pacific (APAC). With this launch, AWS now provides 35 Availability Zones (AZs) across 13 technology infrastructure regions across the global. In India, more than 75,000 customers are already using the cloud computing service of AWS.

Among the leading organizations in India include Tata Motors, NDTV, STAR India, Ola, Bombay Stock Exchange, Shaadi.com, Apeejay Stya & Svran Group, Hungama, Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Macmillan Publishers India, Future Group ,  Infosys , Cognizant, Hike, Freshdesk.

The new AWS Mumbai Region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to data centers in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.

“Indian start-ups and enterprises have been using AWS for many years – with most Indian technology start-ups building their entire businesses on AWS, and numerous enterprises running mission-critical, core applications on AWS. These same 75,000 Indian customers, along with others anxious to start using AWS, have asked for an AWS India Region so they can move their applications that require low latency and data sovereignty,” stated Andy Jassy, CEO of AWS.

“We have been working with AWS since 2012, steadily moving workloads to the cloud, such as test and development environments for our core enterprise systems – we run one of the largest CRM based Dealer Management implementations in the world – more than 90 Tata digital properties in production on AWS, and many other applications. Tata Motors obtained 40 percent savings by running our digital properties at scale, benefitting from the tremendous agility made possible by AWS,” said Jagdish Belwal, CIO of Tata Motors Limited.

India’s leading cab aggregator, Ola, has also built its networking through AWS’s cloud computing platform.  The Co-founder and CTO of Ola Cabs, Ankit Bhati, said: “Technology is a key enabler, where we use AWS Cloud to drive a superior customer experience, and innovate faster on new features and services for our customers. This has helped us reach more than 100 cities and 550,000 driver partners across India. AWS allows us to make more than 30 changes a day to our highly scalable micro services-based platform consisting of 100s of low latency APIs, serving millions of requests a day.”

Leading matrimonial site, Shaadi.com is also another company which uses AWS Cloud. “As one of the key initiatives of becoming a world class tech organization, we decided to migrate to the AWS Cloud. We have many interdependent applications built over the last 15 years having unique High IOPS requirements,” shared Ketan Doshi, CTO and Sr. VP, Engineering at People Interactive. “We worked closely with AWS teams and migrated ‘all-in’ to AWS successfully. We leveraged AWS Database Migration Service to reduce the time required to migrate our databases by 40 percent and also realized 55 percent cost savings by moving some of them to Amazon Aurora. We are planning to move our other databases to Amazon Aurora. We are now able to efficiently manage spiky workloads by using AWS for Auto Scaling our computer resources and improving our site’s performance by 50 percent,” added Doshi

Novi Digital, a wholly owned subsidiary of STAR India, is one of the largest media and entertainment companies in India. The company takes the help of AWS to run Hotstar, a broadcasting platform for delivering movies and live sporting events via the internet.

AWS’ Future in India

The AWS Partner Network (APN) program helps its partners build successful AWS-based businesses by offering business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market (GTM) support. In India, the number of partners joining the APN program has grown over 80 percent in the past 12 months. AWS SIs such as Infosys , HCL, Accenture , TCS, Wipro, PwC, Blazeclan, Frontier, Minjar, Intelligrape, Progressive, Cognizant, and Team Computers are helping enterprises migrate to AWS, deploy mission-critical applications on AWS, and are providing a full range of monitoring, automation, and management services for customers’ AWS environments. AWS ISVs in India include SAP, Adobe, Druva, Freshdesk, Manthan, Indusface, Newgen , RAMCO , Seclore, Vinculum,  Mediology, Mithi Software, Infor, Splunk , and many others who are providing software solutions that are either hosted on, or integrated with AWS.

AWS offers a full range of training and certification programs to help Indian professionals who are interested in the latest cloud computing technologies, architectures and best practices progress their technical skills. More than 16,000 attendees have participated in various AWS training sessions since January 2016 to learn about the latest in AWS best practices, cloud technologies, and get hands-on instruction with the AWS Cloud. The AWS Educate Program promotes cloud learning in the classroom and has been adopted by more than 500 universities worldwide.

The AWS Activate program provides India-based startups with the resources they need to quickly get started on AWS and scale their businesses. AWS has teamed with accelerators, incubators, Seed/VC Funds, and startup-enabling organizations such as Nascomm, Sequoia Capital, Nexus, Accel Partners, Tlabs Accelerator, Venture Partners, GSF Accelerator, and others that provide a range of services including training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other facilitations.

Additionally, AWS recently established an AWS Technical Support center in Bangalore that leverages local engineering talent to help AWS customers around the world with everything from break-fix situations to advice on application development, architectures, and best practices. The new AWS Mumbai Region, along with the various other investments for assisting Indian customers who are building their businesses and running applications on the AWS Cloud, are part of the $5 billion overall investment that Amazon announced is part of its commitment to India.

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