Amazon Web Services promises more datacentres for Asia

Amazon Web Services gears up to service the Asia-Pacific region with more datacentres, starting with India and China.

The adoption of cloud in the Asia-Pacific region may differ from country to country, but overall cloud adoption in the region is strong, according to public cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS).

AWS SVP Andy Jassy has revealed it's experiencing some "pretty substantial" growth in India, China, and Southeast Asia.

To meet market demands, Amazon will be opening its first datacentre in India during the first half of 2016.

Jassy said even though Amazon doesn't have presence in India, business has been strong, and it expects it to grow much larger once it opens its datacentre in the country.

"We have a number of existing customers already but they have some information that needs to be housed in India for regulatory reasons, but it will also cater for prospective customers that need infrastructure presence," he said.

Meanwhile, Amazon will also be opening a second cluster of datacentres in Ningxia, China sometime in 2016 -- which will be in addition to the company's existing datacentre in Beijing.

"It's a chance to be one of our largest regions and we're at the start there," Jassy said of China.

But Jassy reiterated that the opening of the two upcoming datacentres will not see the company stopping there, and said that over the next couple of years the company will be expanding more into the regions by launching a cluster of datacentres, not just one.

"It'd be just a matter of prioritising for us," he said.

On Thursday, Amazon announced it was going to beef up its suite of data and analytics services with the launch of Amazon Quicksight, a cloud-powered business intelligence service taking data stored in AWS and translating it through the query engine for visualisation in as quick as 60 seconds.

The company also launched its first hardware product, Snowball, a rugged storage box that can hold up to 10 terabytes of data to help customers easily migrate their data onto AWS.

Aimee Chanthadavong travelled to AWS re:Invent 2015 with Amazon Web Services.