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AWS readies Indian datacentres, says India could be one of its biggest cloud regions

Amazon announces Indian infrastructure region will open next year.

Amazon's cloud computing service is setting up datacentres in India, predicting the country could eventually house one of its largest outposts.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) said it will open an 'infrastructure region' in India in 2016, and AWS senior vice president Andy Jassy said that "tens of thousands" of customers in India are already "using its cloud services from one of its 11 infrastructure regions outside of India".

"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," Jassy said, adding: "We believe India will be one of AWS's largest regions over the long term."

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"Tata Motors' customer portals and its telematics systems, which lets fleet owners monitor their vehicles on a real-time basis, are running on the AWS Cloud. The company said that using AWS for development shaves four to six weeks of setup time off 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, CIO at Tata Motors.

Indian broadcaster NDTV has been using AWS since 2009 to run its video platform and all their web properties on AWS. During the May 2014 Indian 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 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.

Amazon currently has four main infrastructure regions in the US (Northern Virginia, Oregon, Northern California and GovCloud), one in South America (Sao Paolo), two in Europe (Ireland and Frankfurt), and four in Asia Pacific (Singapore, Sydney, Beijing and Tokyo).

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