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Amazon Web Services to expand cloud services in India

30 June 2015

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), owned by Jeff Bezos-founded online retail giant Amazon, today said that it would open an AWS infrastructure region in India for its cloud computing platform 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, AWS.

"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."

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services offers a technology infrastructure platform in the cloud comprised of a broad set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services from data center locations in the US, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and Singapore. 

Amazon said in a statement that customers in India such as  Tata Motors, Jubilant Food Works, Star India, Future Group, Manipal Global Education, Classle, NDTV, Dalmia Bharat Sugar, Usha International, Macmillan India, Apeejay Stya and Svran Group Hike, Pay, ZEDO, Freshdesk, Inmobi, Capillary Technologies, HackerEarth, Getit, Ferns N Petals, redBus, Druva, Vserv, Hungama,were already using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, speed time-to-market, and expand geographic reach in minutes.

Tata Motors' customer portals and its telematics systems, which lets fleet owners monitor all the vehicles in their fleet on a real-time basis, are running on the AWS Cloud. Tata Motors has recently built a parts planning system to forecast spares demand by using ordering and inventory patterns.

They use AWS for development landscapes immediately after the project kicks off, which shaves four to six weeks of setup time in a typical project cycle.  ''Whenever we plan on rolling out a new project or experimenting with a new technology, AWS helps us in quickly provisioning the required infrastructure and enables us in getting up and running at a fast pace,'' said Jagdish Belwal, Chief Information Officer of Tata Motors.  ''AWS has helped us become more agile and has drastically increased our speed of experimentation and therefore, innovation.''

TV channel NDTV has been using AWS since 2009 to run its video platform and all its web properties on AWS. 

During the May 2014 general election, NDTV using AWS was able to handle the unprecedented web traffic that scaled 26 times from 500 million hits on a normal day to 13 billion hits during election day, and regularly peaked at 400,000 hits per second. 

''We have been an early adopter of AWS and the benefits that we experience is beyond just cost savings, it is the agility that enables us to move fast with new projects that makes a positive impact and real difference to our business,'' said Kawaljit Singh, CTO of NDTV Convergence.''

Ferns N Petals is a 
Prior to using AWS, Ferns N Petals. aleading flower and retailer in India with 194 outlets in 74 cities and delivery across 156 countries worldwide, was running its IT infrastructure in a traditional data centre.  They turned to AWS in the year 2014 when their business grew rapidly and decided to move their entire online business to AWS.

Since moving to AWS, they are able to manage rapid growth of their users' traffic that peaks at 80 per cent during the festive seasons. ''Our experience with AWS over the past year has been excellent.  AWS is now the cornerstone in our growth strategy,'' said Manish Saini, vice president of online business for Ferns N Petals.

''We have recently launched two new businesses that include new overseas expansion that are all running on AWS. We are now able to spend more time and resources in areas that matter to our customers such as new mobile app development that will enhance their buying experience.'' 

Amazon says its AWS consulting partners in India include Accenture, Blazeclan, Frontier, Intelligrape, Minjar, Progressive, PWC, SaaSforce, SD2labs, Team Computers, Wipro, and many others.  Among the AWS Technology Partners in India are Adobe, Druva, Freshdesk, Indusface, Microsoft, Newgen, RAMCO, SAP, Seclore and many others.

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