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Google Cloud builds strong India team, hires top executives

Google Cloud has been a distant third to AWS and Microsoft Azure. It still is. But it has been making huge strides since Thomas Kurian, who was president of product development at Oracle, took over as Google Cloud CEO two years ago.

A big validation of that came from Google CEO Sundar Pichai last month when he said the cloud business would be broken up as a separate reporting segment.

Kurian’s success is seen to have been the result of aggressive investments in people and partnerships. That playbook is now being replicated in India. He has hired over half a dozen senior executives this year.

Karan Bajwa, who was MD of IBM India, took over as MD of Google Cloud India in March. Anil Bhansali, who was corporate vice-president of Microsoft’s Azure cloud division and the site leader for the R&D team in India, joined as VP of engineering and head of the development centre for Google Cloud India.

Anil Valluri, who was NetApp’s president of India and Saarc, joined as senior director responsible for Google Cloud’s business with enterprises. Mitesh Agarwal, who was Oracle’s vice president of sales for global key accounts, joined as director of customer engineering.

In an interaction with TOI, Bajwa said there’s a high velocity in hiring tech and sales professionals. “Technology was built for running the core Google services. There are at least nine services each with a billion users at Google, services that are offered off the Google cloud platform—network, storage, compute, data application platform, AI/ML, among others. The very big layer in all this is always people, and the one change Thomas is driving is bringing in people from the enterprise world. That’s the journey being replicated in India as well,” he said.

Many analysts acknowledge that Google had excellent cloud technologies, but had not managed to take them to market as well as AWS and Azure. That’s what Kurian has changed. Kurian has focused on six industries: healthcare, retail, financial services, media & entertainment, manufacturing , and public sector. Among the technologies driving momentum for Google Cloud are data processing & analytics, and AI/ ML-based industry-specific solutions.

Bajwa said Google has unique capabilities in migrating existing on-premise applications to the cloud, and has an extremely low latency environment.

“Anthos (application management platform) has unique capabilities that allow customers to harness the power of cloud scale while being on their on-premise infrastructure and provide portability across multiple clouds. BigQuery provides real-time and predictive analytics for massive data sets, and allows that to be done across a multicloud environment,” he said. ToI

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