Amazon Web Services has recently announced a new region for the Asia-Pacific zone, which is set to launch in mid-2022. The new AWS region, along with three Availability Zones, will be located in Hyderabad tech-hub. Hyderabad, the capital city of Indian state Telangana, is an important IT hub and will be the second AWS region in India, Mumbai being the first one. The new announcement takes the total count of AWS regions to 29, including the operational and upcoming ones. As of today, AWS has 77 availability zones operating across 24 regions.
Since starting up in India in 2011, AWS has been investing in India and supporting its customer base in the country. Hyderabad already boasts of a fantastic Amazon campus, the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. Amazon also has three fulfillment centers in the city. The forthcoming Hyderabad region will help its Indian users avail better services.
In his blog post, Jeff Barr, the chief evangelist at AWS, stated, “as the capital and the largest city in Telangana, Hyderabad is already an important talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs. This upcoming infrastructure region in Hyderabad is the latest in a long series of investments that we continue to make in India. In addition to the existing region in Mumbai and the new one planned for Hyderabad, there are currently seventeen CloudFront edge locations in India: four in Hyderabad, another four in New Delhi, three in Bangalore, three in Mumbai, two in Chennai, and one in Kolkata. Finally, there are six AWS Direct Connect locations, all of which connect to the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region: Two in Mumbai, one in Chennai, one in Hyderabad, one in Delhi, and one in Bangalore.”
Telangana’s IT minister, KT Rama Rao, also tweeted that AWS has finalized spending of $2.77bn in Hyderabad to set up several data centers in the city. AWS is also investing in programs in India to upskill local students and developers to help them become proficient IT leaders. AWS academic programs consist AWS Academy and AWS Educate. Furthermore, the AWS Activate program offers technical support, resources, and training to entrepreneurs.
Peter DeSantis, Senior Vice President of Global Infrastructure and Customer Support, Amazon Web Services, said in a press release – “Together with our AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region, we’re providing customers with more flexibility and choice while allowing them to architect their infrastructure for even greater fault tolerance, resiliency, and availability across geographic locations.”