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Amazon Web Services opens new India Availability Zone

Varun Aggarwal Mumbai | Updated on May 16, 2019

Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday announced the expansion of services to include a third Availability Zone in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) region to support the rapid growth of the customer base in India.

The new Availability Zone will ensure increased capacity for AWS as well as significantly reduce the risk of a single disaster event impacting availability.

India is one of the fastest growing cloud computing markets in the world. According to Gartner, just the public cloud market is expected to touch $2.5 billion in 2019 from $1.9 billion last year.

“We are launching our third Availability Zone in India. For us a region involves three separate Availability Zones, which means separate partition of infrastructure,” Peter DeSantis - Vice President, Global Infrastructure, AWS, told BusinessLine. He added, “We are basically launching three availability zones in Mumbai, in separate buildings, separate power infrastructure, several kilometers apart.”

Currently, AWS provides 65 Availability Zones across 21 geographic regions with another 12 Availability Zones across four regions coming online in Bahrain, Indonesia, Italy, and South Africa.

Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks. Additionally, Indian organisations will have more infrastructure in their country to leverage advanced technologies such as analytics, artificial intelligence, database, Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, and mobile services to drive innovation.

DeSantis said the Indian availability region is as good as any of its large sites globally, with all features and functionalities on offer, including specialised AWS-designed processors that the company started manufacturning after acquiring Israeli chip maker Annapurna Labs in 2016.

The company has started offering a special A1 instance, which offers customers to run AWS-designed special purpose processors instead of commodity hardware.

“Our A1 instance type can be 45 per cent cheaper for scale out customers. We also announced AWS Inferentia, which is AWS-designed processor specifically designed for inference in machine learning,”said DeSantis.

He added, “A1 is already available and Inferentia will be available later this year.

“Every penny matters to start-ups and so 45 per cent savings is critically important.” he said.

 

Published on May 15, 2019

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