Amazon’s cloud services unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS), has added a third cluster of data centres, known as an ‘Availability Zone’ (AZ) to the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. This will help the company accommodate a growing number of customers and increasing usage of the region.
Launched in 2006, AWS rents out server space and bandwidth to companies of all sizes with cloud computing capabilities, thus negating the need for them to have their own on-site servers. Further, the centre will also support additional AWS services in India.
With this, total AWS AZ globally come to 65 within 21 geographic regions around the world. The company emphasises that Availability Zones located in AWS Regions consist of one or more discrete data centers. These have redundant power, networking, and connectivity, and is housed in separate facilities.
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AWS In India: The Potential Of Dominance
AWS is a leading public cloud leader player with a 51.8% share in cloud infrastructure market globally, followed by Microsoft at 13.3% and Alibaba at a distant 4.6%. The company launched AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region with two availability zones in 2016 has seen marginal growth in adding new customers in the region.
Globally, AWS reported $6.6 Bn of revenue in Q3 2018. Inc42 had earlier reported that AWS posted a threefold increase in revenue from operations at INR 1,206 Cr for FY18 from INR 397 Cr in the previous year. “The growth primarily reflects increased custom usage of cloud-related services, partially offset by pricing changes,” the company said.
Cloud Services Market In India
India is one of the largest and fastest-growing cloud services markets in the Asia Pacific, second only to China. One of the global players, Google Cloud claims to have seen increased adoption in India’s retail and media entertainment segments. Chinese conglomerate Alibaba opened its first India data centre in January 2018.
A CII and KPMG report entitled ‘The Indian Cloud Revolution’ said that cloud technology, enabled by IT and bolstered by a sound telecommunications network, can herald innumerable solutions to enable telemedicine, set up remote classrooms, create health and skills databases of citizens, and create a new cloud-based services industry for employment generation.
The global companies are now working to align with the government requirements which calls for keeping data generated about Indian customers within the country. With the latest addition of data centre, AWS may be clearing up its ability in the market.