AWS launches second cloud infrastructure region in India

AWS launches second cloud infrastructure region in India

To spend US$4.4 billion to develop the region.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched its second infrastructure region in India - the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, comprising three availability zones.

The new zone complements AWS’ existing Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region in India.

AWS will spend an estimated US$4.4 billion (S$6.07 billion) in India by 2030 through the new AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region.

The investment will go into the construction of data centres, operational expenses related to ongoing utilities and facility costs, and purchases of goods and services from regional businesses.

AWS said the investment is also estimated to support an average of more than 48,000 full-time jobs annually at external businesses during this time.

Jobs in the supply chain

These jobs will be part of the AWS supply chain in India, including construction, facility maintenance, engineering, telecommunications, and jobs within the country’s broader economy.

The construction and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region is also estimated to add approximately US$7.6 billion to India’s gross domestic product by 2030, AWS said.

The company said customers will have “access” to advanced AWS services including data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the company’s statement.

With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, AWS now has 96 Availability Zones across 30 geographic regions, with announced plans to launch 15 more Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Canada, and Israel.

Amazon Data Services Inc.’s vice president of Infrastructure Services, Prasad Kalyanaraman, said: “Customers and partners in India will now have the additional regional infrastructure to deploy applications with greater resilience, availability, and even lower latency.”

India’s Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, said the government’s upcoming National Cloud and Data Centre Policy envisaged a significant increase in India’s data centre capacity from the current 565 MW to over 2565 MW in the near future.

“We look forward to greener and more sustainable data centres to power India’s expanding economy,” the minister said.

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