Amazon launches second AWS region in India with $4.4bn investment 

Amazon launches second AWS region in India with $4.4bn investment

US marketplace Amazon has launched its second AWS region in India and has pledged more than $4.4 billion in investment by 2030, part of the company’s attempts to widen its growing cloud tentacles across the globe.

The retailer said Tuesday that it has launched an AWS infrastructure region in Hyderabad, a centre of technology in southern India’s Telangana state, its second cloud region in the country.

An additional AWS data centre cluster will allow the firm to offer “greater choice” in the country and support over 48,000 full-time jobs annually, Amazon said. AWS, which leads the cloud market in India, has amassed a number of major clients in India.

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“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 centres are an important element of the digital ecosystem. The investments by AWS in expanding their data centres in India is a welcome development and would certainly help catalyse India’s digital economy,” said Rajeev Chandrashekhar, India’s Union Minister of State for Information Technology and Entrepreneurship.

The company, which has 96 availability zones across 30 geographic regions, 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 (AWS) 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.

India is a key overseas market for Amazon, where it has poured over $6.5 billion since entering the country’s e-commerce market in the past decade. Google also has two cloud regions in India whereas Microsoft maintains three.

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