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AWS launches second infrastructure region in India

In November 2020, Jeff announced the upcoming AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) as the second Region in India. Yes! Today we are announcing the general availability of the 30th AWS Region, Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, with three Availability Zones and the ap-south-2 API name.

The Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region is located in the state of Telangana. As the capital and the largest city in Telangana, Hyderabad is already an important talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs. For example, AWS Hyderabad User Groups has more than 4,000 community members and holds active meetups, including an upcoming Community Day in January 2023.

The new Hyderabad Region gives customers an additional option for running their applications and serving end users from data centers located in India. Customers with data-residency requirements arising from statutes, regulations, and corporate policy can run workloads and securely store data in India while serving end users with even lower latency.

Here are the latest numbers of latency:

AWS in India
AWS has a long-standing history of helping drive digital transformation in India. AWS first established a presence in the country in 2011, with the opening of an office in Delhi. In 2016, AWS launched the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region giving enterprises, public sector organizations, startups, and SMBs access to state-of-the-art public cloud infrastructure. In May 2019, AWS expanded the Region to include a third Availability Zone to support rapid customer growth and provide more choice, flexibility, the ability to replicate workloads across more Availability Zones, and even higher availability.

There are currently 33 Amazon CloudFront edge locations: Mumbai, India (10), New Delhi (7), Chennai (7), Bangalore (4), Hyderabad (3), and Kolkata (2) in India. The edge locations work in concert with a CloudFront Regional edge cache in Mumbai to speed delivery of content. There are six AWS Direct Connect locations, all of which connect to the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region: two in Mumbai, one in Chennai, one in Hyderabad, one in Delhi, and one in Bangalore. Finally, the first AWS Local Zones launched in Delhi, India for bringing selected AWS services very close to a particular geographic area. We announced plans to launch three more AWS Local Zones in India, in the cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.

AWS is also investing in the future of the Indian technology community and workforce, training tech professionals to expand their skillset and cloud knowledge. In fact, since 2017, AWS has trained over three million individuals in India on cloud skills. AWS has worked with government officials, educational institutes, and corporate organizations to achieve this milestone, which has included first-time learners and mid-career professionals alike.

AWS continues to invest in upskilling local developers, students, and the next generation of IT leaders in India through programs such as AWS Academy, AWS Educate, AWS re/Start, and other Training and Certification programs.

AWS Customers in India
We have many amazing customers in India that are doing incredible things with AWS, for example:

  • SonyLIV is the first Over the top (OTT) service in India born on the AWS Cloud. SonyLIV launched Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) interactive game show to allow viewers to submit answers to questions on the show in real time via their mobile devices. SonyLIV uses Amazon ElastiCache to support real-time, in-memory caching at scale, Amazon CloudFront as a low-latency content delivery network, and Amazon SQS as a highly available message queuing service.
  • DocOnline is a digital healthcare platform that provides video or phone doctor consultations to over 3.5 million families in 10 specialties and 14 Indian languages. DocOnline delivers over 100,000 consultations, diagnostic tests, and medicines every year. DocOnline has built its entire business on AWS to power its online consultation services 24-7 and to continuously measure and improve health outcomes. Being in the Healthcare domain, DocOnline needs to comply with regulatory guidelines, including Data Residency, PII security, and Disaster Recovery in seismic zones. With the AWS Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) Region, DocOnline can ensure critical patient data is hosted in India on the most secure, extensive, and reliable cloud platform while serving customers with even faster response times.
  • ICICI Lombard General Insurance is one of the first among the large insurance companies in India to move over 140+ applications, including its core application, to AWS. The rapid advances in technology and computing power delivered by cloud computing are poised to radically change the way insurance is delivered as well as consumed. ICICI Lombard has launched new generation products like cyber insurance, telehealth, cashless homecare, and IoT-based risk management solutions for marine transit insurance, providing seamless integration with various digital partners for digital distribution of insurance products and virtual motor claims inspection solutions, which have seen adoption increase from 61 percent last year to 80 percent this year. ICICI Lombard was able to process group health endorsements for their corporate customers in less than a day as compared to 10–12 days earlier. ICICI Lombard is looking at the cloud for further transformative possibilities in real-time inspection of risk and personalized underwriting.
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, needed a highly reliable, scalable, and resilient technical infrastructure to power a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination drive for India’s more than 1.3 billion citizens in 2021. To facilitate the required performance and speed, the MoHFW engaged India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to build and launch the Co-WIN application powered by AWS, which scales in seconds to handle user registrations and consistently supports 10 million vaccinations daily.

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