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Amazon Beefs Up Cloud Business, Data Centre Infrastructure In India

Amazon is beefing up its data centre infrastructure and cloud services business in India as the clamour around data localisation grows louder everyday.

The Seattle-headquartered company has infused around Rs 1,380 crore into its local data centre arm, Amazon Data Services India (ADSIPL), documents sourced from business intelligence platform showed.

Apart from its online retail business, Amazon operates ADSIPL and Amazon InternetServices (AISPL). The latter undertakes the resale and marketing of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in India and directly competes with its Chinese rival Alibaba’s cloud services business.

Cloud services platforms such as AWS offer data storage, computing power and other functionalities to startups, large businesses and government organisations for a fee.

The recent fund infusion could help Amazon take on the dual responsibilities of strengthening its data centre infrastructure and compete against the growing clout of Alibaba Cloud in the Asia-Pacific region, including India.

“My bet is on Amazon seeing a massive opportunity that only it can effectively leverage with the new data localisation norms in India. One can expect to see new data centre locations coming up alongside India-specific localisation solutions,” said founder Vivek Durai.

An Amazon India spokesperson did not reply to an email from TOI.―Times of India

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