With businesses embracing cloud computing to meet the needs of millions of customers in India, the availability of the country’s second AWS Region by mid-2022 has been announced. This is set to transform the way businesses in south India harness the power of IT and provide customers with greater resiliency for critical cloud workloads, lower latency and improved compliance capabilities.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced expansion of its services to include a second infrastructure region in India by mid-2022. The new AWS Asia Region, which will consist of three Availability Zones at launch, will join the existing nine AWS Regions and 26 Availability Zones across Asia in India, Australia, Greater China, Japan, Korea and Singapore.
The new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region will enable more enterprises as well as government, education and non-profit organizations to run their applications and serve end-users from data centers located in India.
“Businesses in India are embracing cloud computing to reduce costs, increase agility and enable rapid innovation to meet the needs of billions of customers in India and abroad,” said Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, AWS. “Together with our AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, we’re providing customers with more flexibility and choice, while allowing them to architect their infrastructure for even greater fault tolerance, resiliency and availability across geographic locations.”
K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Electronics and Communications, Municipal Administration and Urban Development and Industries and Commerce Departments, Government of Telangana, said: “We are pleased that AWS has chosen Telangana as the location for its second region in India. Hyderabad is an important talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs, and with the increased adoption of cloud computing, we are set to see a transformation in the way businesses in south India harness the power of IT.
“Combining the unique resources of Telangana with AWS, the world’s leading cloud, will boost economic development, power digital-led innovation and establish a cloud center hub for the rest of the country.”
The new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region demonstrates Amazon’s continuing investment in India. AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region opened on June 27, 2016, enabling customers in India to save costs, accelerate innovation, increase speed-to-market of new products and services and expand their geographic infrastructure footprint in minutes.
In May 2019, AWS expanded its services to include a third Availability Zone in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region to support rapid customer growth and provide more choice, flexibility, the ability to replicate workloads across more Availability Zones and higher availability. AWS has expanded its services through Edge locations in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Customers welcome the news of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region
Indian organizations that are moving their mission-critical workloads to AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation and increase agility include: Ashok Leyland, Aditya Birla Capital, Axis Bank, Bajaj Capital, ClearTax, Dream11, Druva, Edelweiss, Edunext, Extramarks, Freshworks, HDFC Life, Mahindra Electric, Ola, Oyo, Policybazaar, Quantela, RBL Bank, redBus, Sharda University, Swiggy, Tata Sky, YuppTV and Zerodha.
National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange e-Markets Limited
National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange e-Markets Limited (NeML) is a leading national exchange in India offering web-based platforms for trading in a host of commodities to various markets and primary producers, including farmers, traders and intermediaries.
Following a fire in April 2018 in the NeML data center, the exchange migrated 50 applications to AWS Cloud.
“We’ve experienced first-hand what it means to have our primary and Disaster Recovery workloads run on AWS Cloud and welcome the announcement of a second AWS Region in India. It will give us even greater options to build in redundancy, real-time availability and security for our applications and data,” said Ravindra Shevade, Chief Operations Officer, NeML.
DSP Investment Managers
DSP Investment Managers (DSPIM) is one of the premier asset management companies in India with a track record of over 20 years of investment excellence. It is part of the DSP Group – one of the oldest and most respected financial services firms in India.
Ashish Bajaj, Chief Technology Officer of DSP Investment Managers, said: “The immediate benefits we realized after migrating more than 50 workloads to AWS in 2019 were a reduction in operational overheads, Digital Transformation and the adoption of a data-driven culture within our business. Our investor transaction platform built on AWS now allows us to reimagine our investors’ digital experience. A second AWS Region in India allows us to satisfy regulatory requirements and further improve our availability and resiliency.”
HDFC Life, established in 2000, is one of India’s leading Life Insurance providers, offering a range of solutions for protection, pension, savings, investment, annuity and health.
Parvez Mulla, Chief Operating Officer of HDFC Life, said: “In the past few years, we have accelerated our digital journey, and AWS has helped us migrate key applications to the cloud. We leveraged AWS capabilities in creating data platforms and exploring disruptive technologies has enabled us to better respond to the needs of our customers. We share a common aim: focusing on addressing customer needs and using technology to address them.”
YuppTV is one of the world’s largest Internet-based TV and on-demand service providers of South Asian content, spread across the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia and India.
Anil Kumar, VP Technology YuppTV, said: “We chose AWS for our over-the-top (OTT) platform because of the global reach it provides. This helps our team seamlessly manage similar architecture set-ups across the world.
“AWS’s presence in multiple regions across the world helps us further reduce the latency of our media-heavy workloads. With AWS, we are able to scale the platform as required for any peaks in our workloads as per the events happening around the world, thus helping us run on AWS in a cost-optimized fashion.”
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BYJU’S is the creator of one of India’s most popular K-12 learning apps that offers personalized learning programs across mobile devices using innovative technology and data science to engage with remote students across grades.
Prakash Ramachandran, Chief Technology Officer, BYJU’S, said: “We require a reliable cloud environment that scales on demand as the business keeps growing. We also need to analyze valuable student feedback and capitalize on those insights quickly in order to provide a more personalized learning experience.
“We have more than 15 million students using BYJU’S mobile app and we could not support that number without being on AWS. As we expand the business in India and look for new ways to reach students, an additional AWS Region in India will help support that growth.”