Google to set up Cloud Region with Mumbai as HQ

KV Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on January 13, 2018

Region to have three zones

As adoption of public cloud increases in India, Google is setting up a Cloud Region in the country later this year. The Cloud Region, to be head-quartered in Mumbai, will have three zones, covering the whole of the country.

Google, which lags behind Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud business, doesn’t count its cloud footprint in datacentres. The firm calls its Cloud Regions, dividing a geography in zones.

The Mumbai Cloud Region would have three zones. “Each of the Cloud Region would have multiple zones and each of the zones can have multiple zones,” Mohit Pande, Country Manager (South East Asia and India) of Google Cloud, told BusinessLine on the sidelines of ‘Google Next17’ in San Francisco last week.

During the three-day conference, Google spoke about its cloud strategy and how its investments in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning could distinguish it from its competitors.

Mumbai is one among the 17 Cloud Regions that the firm is building across the world to increase market share in the cloud business. Research firm Gartner recently pegged the global public cloud services market at $246.8 billion in 2017, growing at 18 per cent over $209.2 billion in the previous year.

Mohit Pande said there was a growth in appetite for public cloud services in India. “The market is opening up for public cloud. “We have over seven products in the Google stable that has over one billion users. This differentiates us. Our customers can benefit from our AI First strategy,” he said.

“We are building our strengths in AI and Machine Learning into our core products. Our customers can now use these tools,” he said, citing the examples of machine learning APIs (Application Program Interface) in video analytics, translations and natural language processing.

Additions to ‘Drive’

During the conference, the firm announced additions to Google Drive and G-Suite for enterprise customers. Additions include Team Drive that allows building of teams to share files and access them on Android and iOS devices.

“You can manage team members individually or with Google Groups and give them instant access to relevant Team Drives,” a Google executive said.

It launched a ‘Vault’ for Drive, letting administrators controls to manage and secure files, both in employee ‘Drives’ as well as in Team Drives. To allow customers migrate data from their servers into G-Suite and Google Drives, it acquired Vancouver-based AppBridge for an undisclosed amount.

Published on March 13, 2017

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