India is the next BIG market for cloud services and while Indian companies have embraced AWS, Amazon needs to penetrate the market much before competitors like Netmagic do. As per a report, Amazon has already started leasing infrastructure from Tata Communications.
“We know some of Amazon because they keep buying co-location and networking from us,” . “There is only one answer to what they will use it for.”
John Hayduk (CTO, Tata) admitted Amazon was “not there yet” when it came to launching cloud services, but the day was well on its way. [source]
Tata Communications last year partnered with Cloud.com to launch public cloud offering in India (InstaCompute).
As far as AWS is concerned, Amazon has started hiring a few key positions in India (for AWS) and expect the launch sometime this year. Local infrastructure will help SMEs (and Amazon) to adhere to local rules and regulations around data privacy etc.
Very recently, netmagic announced selling 74% stake to NTT Com, enabling NTT Com to provide one-stop ICT solutions in the fast-growing Indian market, as well as accelerate its offering of globally seamless cloud services through expanded ICT infrastructure Asia-wide.
Aside, Eucalyptus Systems recently announced that the open source Eucalyptus Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will be the cornerstone of the e-governance cloud project by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) with an aim to deliver the power of information technology to remote areas throughout the country.
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