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Massive data centre to rise in India

Posted: 02 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:data centre  cloud computing  analytics 

Amazon's massive cloud computing service subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), will build a data centre in India by 2016 to expand its market lead and, of course, meet customer demand here.

Launched in 2006, AWS offers an infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application and deployment services. Next year, the India data centre will join a number of facilities, including ones in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Singapore.

In a June 30 statement, AWS senior vice president Andy Jassy wrote that the company already has several thousand customers in India, and that many of them have requested a more centrally located data centre to help with their cloud computing needs.

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"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," Jassy wrote. "We're excited to share that Indian customers will be able to use the world's leading cloud computing platform in India in 2016—and we believe India will be one of AWS's largest regions over the long term."

While AWS is focused on customers in its latest announcement, the company is also eyeing growth even beyond its already substantial market lead.

A May report from IT research firm Gartner revealed AWS is outstripping its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) competitors with at least five times the capacity of the 14 largest competing services combined.

The Gartner report also found that IaaS spending is expected to increase by about 32 per cent from 2014 to 2015. This means that AWS and its competitors are eyeing a market worth $16.5 billion—one sure reason Amazon decided to expand its presence in a growing market.


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