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Google to Set up Data Centers in India
Dec 05, 2016

Google Inc. is trying to bridge the gap with rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the cloud marketplace in India by announcing that it plans to set up its first data centre in Mumbai by 2017—a strategy that will help the company cater to a larger number of Indian developers and enterprise customers.

Key Highlights

  • It will help Google especially in the financial services industry since regulations in this sector do not permit data to be transmitted outside the country.
  • 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.
  • Google said that besides Mumbai, the company will have seven new Google Cloud Regions—Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, Sao Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt.
  • Google 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 startup community continues to grow, Cloud Platform provides the full stack of services to build, test and deploy their applications. 
  • Google claims that with more than one billion end users, Google Cloud has gained significant traction in India and across the world. 
  • Globally, key customers already leveraging the benefits of Google Cloud Platform include Snap Inc (formerly SnapChat), Niantic Labs (Pokemon Go), and Evernote. In India, brands like Wipro, Ashok Leyland, and Dainik Bhaskar Group are building on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Google is late to the cloud market in India. Microsoft has already set up data centres at three locations in India to improve performance of Azure services for customers in the country, while AWS launched their local data center in Mumbai in June this year.
  • Like Amazon and Microsoft that have a strong partner ecosystem, Google too is focusing to build its partner ecosystem to support customers as they move to the cloud.

The company claims that it 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. 

Recent Activities

Recently, Google also tied up with Accenture to bring to market industry-specific solutions that will help clients use cloud, mobility, and analytics to advance their digital transformation agenda and improve business performance. 

Google already serves Indian customers such as Wipro, Dainik Bhaskar Group and Ashok Leyland over its cloud platform. They hope that the introduction of their new data center in India will bring lower latency access to cloud services for existing businesses and new organizations.

How a Data Centre Works?

  • A data centre is a facility that centralizes an organization’s IT operations and equipment, and where it stores, manages, and disseminates its data. 
  • Data centers house a network’s most critical systems and are vital to the continuity of daily operations. 
  • Consequentially, the security and reliability of data centers and their information is a top priority for organizations. 
  • Although data center designs are unique, they can generally be classified as Internet or enterprise (or internal) data centers.
  • Internet-facing data centers usually support relatively few applications, are typically browser-based, and have many users, typically unknown. 
  • In contrast, enterprise data centers service fewer users, but host more applications that vary from off-the-shelf to custom applications.
  • Data center architectures and requirements can differ significantly. 
What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing means that instead of all the computer  hardware and software you're using sitting on your desktop, or somewhere inside your company's network , it's provided for you as a service by another company and accessed over the Internet,  usually in a completely seamless way. Exactly where the hardware and software is located and how it all works doesn't matter to you, the user—it's just somewhere up in the nebulous ‘cloud’ that the Internet represents. Cloud computing is a buzzword that means different things to different people. For some, it's just another way of describing IT (information technology) outsourcing; others use it to mean any computing service provided over the Internet or a similar network; and some define it as any bought-in computer service you use that sits outside your firewall. 


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