Earlier this week Amazon Web Services announced the availability of a new region, one with unique potential for accelerated adoption and growth.
For years Indian technology companies, from start-ups to the enterprise, have been extremely comfortable building applications and services using AWS – this week Amazon announced the availability of a region that brings the cloud closer to them with dedicated data centers in Mumbai.
The launch of the “Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region” brings the total coverage within APAC to 6 regions and 13 regions globally (read on for the map!) and as mentioned has unique potential for growth. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, many entrepreneurs are returning because the cost of scaling a company is much lower in India. With a growing number of its foreign-based tech talent heading home to start new ventures and a boom of investment in local Indian apps the weather is right for a new data center opening.
“Indian startups and enterprises have been using AWS for many years — with most Indian technology start-ups building their entire businesses on AWS, and numerous enterprises running mission-critical, core applications on AWS,” said Andy Jassy, AWS CEO, in a press release. “These same 75,000 Indian customers, along with others anxious to start using AWS, have asked for an AWS India Region so they can move their applications that require low latency and data sovereignty.”
Entrepreneur and enterprise alike can look forward to new benefits; notably higher performance potential through reduced latency as well as the ability to architect solutions that must adhere to data sovereignty and storage regulations. User experience and application performance can be enhanced through this closer proximity to cloud infrastructure as well as the ability to leverage three local edge locations (Mumbai, Chennai, and New Delhi) and AWS Direct Connect support.
With a ‘closer cloud’ in India and even easier access to the cost-effective utility approach to infrastructure I expect we’ll see more innovation, faster, from APAC – across not just start-ups but also the small-to-medium business and enterprise sector throughout the region.