Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the opening of a new availability zone region in Mumbai to expand the firm's cloud computing footprint into the Asia Pacific region.
AWS chief executive Andy Jassy explained that the firm already has some 75,000 customers in India, and that bringing a dedicated region to the area will enhance the benefits they already experience.
“Indian startups and enterprises have been using AWS for many years. Most Indian technology startups build their entire businesses on AWS, and numerous enterprises run mission-critical, core applications on AWS,” he said.
“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."
Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS, said that the move is a significant step forward for AWS in its efforts to become a fully global cloud computing environment.
"A region in India has been highly sought after by companies around the world who want to participate in one of the most significant economic opportunities in the world. India, a rising economy that holds tremendous promise for growth, is a thriving technology hub with a rich ecosystem of technology talent, and more," he added.
One customer excited about the move is Jagdish Belwal, CIO of Tata Motors Limited, India’s largest automotive manufacturer, which uses AWS for its test and development environments.
“We are so happy to have an AWS Region in India. AWS has allowed our IT teams to focus on innovation and become more nimble to the business demands,” he said.
“Tata Motors obtained 40 per cent savings by running our digital properties at scale, benefitting from the tremendous agility made possible by AWS."
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