Amazon Web Services launched a new infrastructure region in Hyderabad with three availability zones, making it the second region for the data center clusters in India. “Second AWS Region in India provides customers with more options to run workloads with even greater resilience and availability, securely store data in India, and serve end users with even lower latency”, the company said in a blog post.
Amazon has also said that it will invest more than $4.4 billion in the country by 2030, as part of the company’s efforts to expand its global growth. An additional AWS data center cluster will allow the company to offer ‘greater choice’ in the country and support more than 48,000 full-time jobs annually. AWS, which leads the cloud market in India, has amassed a number of major clients in the country including Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Niti Aayog, PhysicsWallah, and Acko.
“As a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $1 Trillion Digital Economy vision, the ‘India cloud’ is set for big expansion and innovation. Data centers are an important element of the digital ecosystem. The investments by AWS in expanding their data centers in India is a welcome development and would certainly help catalyze India’s digital economy,” said Rajeev Chandrashekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, in a statement.
The new region brings AWS up to 96 availability zones across 30 geographic regions. Fifteen more availability zones and five more AWS regions are in the works in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand. The company has ramped up its efforts globally in recent quarters to double down on the lead it maintains in the cloud computing race against rivals Microsoft and Google.
In the past three months, Amazon Web Services has announced plans to invest $2.5 billion in Spain, $5.9 billion in Switzerland, $5 billion in Thailand, and more than $5 billion in the UAE.
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