Google Cloud to Focus on India

October 4, 2017


Google aims to transform businesses in India with its cloud platform, says a report in the Forbes. The public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 38% in 2017 to total $1.81 billion.

Google has announced that a Google Cloud region will go live in Mumbai before the end of this year. Google Cloud Platform (GCP), the cloud computing service run by Alphabet Inc, will open its first data centre in Mumbai by the end of this year.

DH News Services quoted Google Cloud Asia Pacific Managing Director Rick Harshman saying that with the Google Cloud India region going live in Mumbai before the end of this year, enterprises in India will soon be able to take advantage of the high speeds, low latency and performance benefits uniquely offered by our Google Cloud Platform services.

“When live, the region will offer several services including computing, big data, storage and networking,” he said. The Mumbai data centre will be the company’s fifth in Asia after Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Taiwan.

Mohit Pande, Google Cloud’s India country manager, said the company is aggressively expanding its cloud offering in India. “Indian developers, coders and software companies are becoming more interested in Google cloud offering compared with other competitors Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc and Microsoft Corp,” he said.

The public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 38% in 2017 to total $1.81 billion, from $1.32 billion in 2016. By 2020, it is poised to reach $4.10 billion. Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the public cloud market followed by Microsoft Azure, while Google Cloud stands at the third place.

Both Amazon and Microsoft already have local datacenters in the region, and Google is a tad late to the party.

With the local region, businesses in India will be able to take advantage of the high speeds, low latency and performance benefits. At the moment, Google Cloud’s customers in India use Singapore or Taiwan region, which along with Tokyo and Sydney, were the four cloud regions in Asia-Pacific.

In a brief chat on the sidelines of the event, Mohit Pande, country manager — India for Google Cloud, said that the local cloud region (Google prefers the term over “datacenter”) will spur growth of partners in India and customer adoption. “Cloud, plus machine learning and artificial intelligence, is bringing unprecedented innovation, and it is available to anyone, from startups to large enterprises. We’re basically democratizing machine learning and AI,” said Pande.

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