Google has announced that it will open its cloud region in Mumbai which are essentially data centres.
These will be operational by 2017. The India cloud region is aimed at offering Google Cloud Platform services to developers and enterprise customers.
“The local region will help make Google Cloud Platform services even faster for Indian customers, enhancing differentiators that are already motivating companies to choose Google as their partner,” a statement from Google said. Google cloud has customers like Wipro, Ashok Leyland, Smartshift by Mahindra & Mahindra among others.
Brian Stevens, vice president, Google Cloud, said, “By expanding to new regions, we deliver higher performance to customers.”
Google’s key competition in the cloud segment are Amazon and Microsoft. Both Amazon and Microsoft already have a strong India presence through their own data centres. Now with Google announcing its own data centre, the competition is expected to intensify.
According to Google, the cloud platform takes the infrastructure, machine learning and networking services used to power Google services and makes them available to businesses and developers to build high performance applications and data analysis at a low cost.
“As India’s start-up community continues to grow, Cloud Platform provides the full stack of services to build, test and deploy their applications,” it said.
In India, Google already has deep partnerships with a multitude of born-in-the-cloud partners including Searce Co-Sourcing, Cloud Cover, PowerUp Cloud and MediaAgility as well as global partners like Wipro, TCS, Tech Mahindra, PwC and Cognizant.
Google also unveiled its new portfolio of solutions called G Suite. Previously called Google Apps for Work, G Suite encompasses a set of intelligent apps – Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts.