Amazon Web Services is placing a big bet in India, announcing today that it plans to open a new “infrastructure region” in the world’s second most populous country sometime in 2016.
“Tens of thousands of customers in India are using AWS from one of AWS’s eleven global infrastructure regions outside of India,” said Andy Jassy, senior vice president of AWS, in a press release. “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. We’re excited to share that Indian customers will be able to use the world’s leading cloud computing platform (AWS) in India in 2016 – and we believe India will be one of AWS’s largest regions over the long term.”
This marks the latest expansion in India for Amazon. Last year, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos traveled to India, celebrating the company’s one year anniversary in the country. He also announced that Amazon.com planned to spend $2 billion in the country for its e-commerce operations, as it battles with Flipkart.
“We see huge potential in the Indian economy and for the growth of e-commerce in India,” Bezos said at the time. “With this additional investment of US $2 billion, our team can continue to think big, innovate, and raise the bar for customers in India.”
AWS already boasts a number of customers in India, including Capillary Technologies, HackerEarth, Getit, Druva, Vserv, Hungama, Tata Motors, Jubilant Food Works, and STAR India.
In today’s press release, executives from companies such as NDTV and Ferns N Petals described why they liked using Amazon’s cloud platform, applauding the company’s customer service, reliability and cost efficiencies.