Amazon Web Services CEO calls on Ministers to promote cloud computing

S Ronendra Singh New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on June 29, 2016

Exploring biz opportunities Andy Jassy, CEO-Amazon WebServices, with Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communicationsand IT, in New Delhi, on Wednesday KAMAL NARANG

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After launching two data centres on Tuesday in Mumbai, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Chief Executive Officer Andy Jassy on Wednesday spent the entire day in Delhi meeting bureaucrats and Ministers to discuss how his firm and various government departments can leverage cloud computing.

According to sources in the know, Jassy had a ‘closed door’ meeting in the morning with around 10 senior bureaucrats (Joint Secretary level) from different Ministries, including the Ministries of Labour and Employment and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, to promote cloud computing.

The meeting was moderated by Nasscom President R Chandrasekhar, and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was also present, sources told BusinessLine.

To train people on tech

Later in the day, Jassy met Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani, to discuss how Amazon can help train people on latest technologies.

“Amazon is doing a great job in India…from cloud to data analytics to digital skilling in a big way. They will train 25,000 students of National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELT) in the next two years,” Prasad told reporters after the meeting.

These students would be provided free access to over 50 services of the AWS programme such as database services, e-mail services, virtual private connection services, big data services and media services valued up to $100 per student a year.

About 250 NIELT educators would be provided free access to the AWS, valued at $200 per educator per year and the same would be further scaled on utilisation and as per the needs of NIELT.

“We are committed to do business in India and train people here. We are here for a long-lasting friendship,” Jassy said. Amazon has 45,000 people in India and 75,000 customers.

According to government sources, Jassy told Prasad that ‘money won’t be a problem and it would come in a big way (for investment). India is a huge market and Amazon will also look at making India as the hub for the Asian operations’.

Late in the evening, a memorandum of understanding signed between NITI Aayog and Amazon for initiatives and innovations for start-ups.

Kant tweeted saying: “Amazon Web Services will need 2 add more capacity 2 meet d growing demand of Cloud services in India.”

Published on June 29, 2016
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