Amazon Web Service (AWS) on Tuesday announced an investment of $4.4 billion (roughly Rs. 36,300 crores) by 2030 in building its second cluster of data centers in Hyderabad, India. Amazon.com Inc., through the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region, will offer developers, startups, and businesses among others to “run workloads with more flexibility and availability, store data securely in India, and serve end users with lower latency.” AWS already has a similar facility in Mumbai, which opened in 2016. It operates such facilities in 30 geographies of the world.
The need for data centers in India has increased exponentially with the increase in data consumption and cloud adoption. Rating agency Crisil estimates data center capacity will double to 1,700-1,800 MW by 2025 from the current capacity of 870 MW.
This has prompted giants such as the Adani Group to announce significant investments in setting up data centers in multiple locations. While Oracle, in 2019, announced second-generation cloud regions in Mumbai and Hyderabad, and Accreditation have tied up with Microsoft To provide cloud computing services to small and medium enterprises in the country. Hiranandani Group launched Yotta Infrastructure to build data centers in Mumbai and Chennai.
with the current situation, AWS announced the launch of its second AWS Infrastructure Region in India – the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region. Starting today, developers, startups, entrepreneurs, and enterprises, as well as government, educational, and not-for-profits, will have greater options to run their applications and serve end users from hubs. Data located in India.”
“Customers will have access to advanced AWS technologies to drive innovation, including data analytics, security, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI),” she said.
The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region supports India’s digital transformation and is part of AWS’ long-term investment in the country since opening its first office in 2011, said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services at Amazon Data.
“Customers and partners in India will now have additional regional infrastructure to deploy applications with more flexibility, availability and even lower latency,” he said.
As part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 82,000 crores) digital economy vision, ‘Cloud India’ is set for significant expansion and innovation.
The statement was quoted by Rajiv Chandrasekhar, the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship.
He said the government’s next national cloud and data center policy, envisages a significant increase in India’s capacity from the current 565 MW to more than 2,565 MW in the near future.
With the launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region, AWS now has 96 Availability Zones across 30 geographies, with announced plans to launch an additional 15 Availability Zones and five more AWS Regions in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, and Thailand.
AWS Regions are made up of Availability Zones that place infrastructure in separate, distinct geographic locations.
The AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region consists of three Availability Zones and joins the existing AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region, which opened in June 2016.
Availability Zones are located far enough apart from each other to support customer business continuity, and close enough to provide low latency for highly available applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security, and is connected through redundant networks with very low latency.
She said that AWS customers who “focus on high availability can design their applications to run in multiple availability zones to achieve greater fault tolerance.” “The launch of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region will enable local customers with data location preferences to securely store data in India while providing lower latency to customers across the country.” The investment of $4.4 billion (roughly Rs. 36,300 crores) by 2030 includes capital expenditures on data center construction, operating expenses related to running facilities and utility costs, and procurement of goods and services from regional companies.
“It is also estimated that the investment will support an average of more than 48,000 full-time jobs annually in offshore companies during this time,” the statement said. “It is also estimated that the establishment and operation of the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) region will add about $7.6 billion (Rs. 63,600 crore) to India’s GDP by 2030.” KT Rama Rao, Minister of Information Technology and Industries in the Government of Telangana has welcomed AWS’ commitment to invest Rs 36,300 crore in the AWS region in Hyderabad, cementing the state’s position as a progressive data center hub in India.