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India's Second Google Cloud Region Could Be Packing Beyond the Bargain


Google Cloud India is back again with its much planned second cloud data region in Delhi NCR.

Although the first region housed in Mumbai was built for applications, data storage and specifically focusing on enhancing latency of GCP for end users in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and in and around the regions of Mumbai. The second region is purely aimed at bolstering India’s enterprises in fast-tracking their digital transformation and help be a part of uplifting the country’s economy. Especially upon knowing the nation’s devastation cast by the evil spells of COVID-19.

Delhi’s region clears the path for organizations to benefit from available big data and infrastructure services while being in sync with India's data laws. and regulations. As a matter of fact, the second region will extend its services, strengthening the hands of regulated industries such as financial institutions, government agencies and healthcare to tend to its citizens at all times.

It was conceived with the very thought of not only enriching Indian companies upon its wonders, but to help global companies as well, by building highly accessible applications for their customers. This then leads to preventing service disruptions while safeguarding a range of key products. Some of its notable services include Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

However, the second region will most likely be on par with Google Cloud’s equally intelligent rivals like Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services).

Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud, stated, "our commitment to India is for India, by India. As a result of this, we are seeing success not just in America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, but also in the number of major companies throughout the world”

Tough Competition from Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS
Microsoft Azure has been existing in India since 2015 in Central India (Pune), South India (Chennai) and West India (Mumbai0. It is constantly rendering its cloud services enabling customers to data residency, data replication from various sections in the country. It also helps in reducing network connections, establishing private connections to the cloud and lower latency.

When it comes down to it, Amazon AWS is also no less, for it has been helping in innovating enterprises and walking them through their digital transformation. It also helps in enriching students and developers by investing in initiatives to help be a part of empowering upcoming IT leaders in the nation. Along that line, it has knit numerous programs specifically for educational institutions and students alike. Like Google Cloud India, Amazon AWS also plans on setting up a second cloud data region in India and is already working towards that goal. The second one is expected to land by 2022.

It does seem that both are miles ahead of Google Cloud India regarding infrastructure and region coverage, but the latter has its trump card, that is, Google edge which is closely interwoven with that of the nation’s public sector. Not to mention the already existing first cloud data region. Another strong point is that Google Cloud had achieved a full cloud service empanelment, with its Indian wing’s Managing Director, Bikram Singh Bedi enlightening how the Indian public sector including government agencies, and other industries to deploy on Google Cloud.

Services Offered by Existing Google Cloud Regions
Services from Google Cloud are allocated to each region and these regions are divided into zones, with each zone serving as the region's single failure domain. On the very grounds of their establishment, these regions are committed to offering GCP (Google Cloud Platform) to customers.

These GCP services include applications for computation (App Engine, compute engine, container engine), Big Data (Cloud Dataflow, Cloud Dataproc, Cloud Datalab), storage (Cloud Datastore, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Persistent Disk), and networking (Cloud Datastore, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Persistent Disk) are all available on the Google Cloud Platform (Autoscaler, Cloud DNS, Cloud VPN, Cloud Virtual Router, etc).

Some examples of these customers are Procter & Gamble, Nokia, and the Lufthansa Group that consider its services as manure to improve operational efficiencies, expedite digital transformation, and lower IT expenses.

Is it Getting More Cloudier in India?
According to IDC (International Data Corporation), the cloud services market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 22.2 percent for 2020-24 growing at $ 7.4 billion by 2024. On another note, Gartner reports a $ 4.4 billion growth in the total end user’s spendature on public cloud services in 2021.

By the looks of it, that goal will soon become an established fact. Since Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS’ existing cloud region and yet to arrive cloud region and Google Cloud India’s first and newly launched cloud data region, may rival each other striving to provide superior cloud services and products alike. But this war between tech giants will only aid in the country’s cloud market growth and ultimately digitize India in the long run.

Back to Google Cloud India, the new region, excluding the aforementioned regulated industries, it’s also proclaimed to shed light on verticals like retail, CPG, healthcare and life sciences, financial services, communication service providers, media and entertainment, gaming, manufacturing and industrial, supply chain and logistics and public sector.

Furthermore, the second region will also provide extra disaster recovery, more solutions for disaster recovery within the country, as well as more options for local data storage, that will in turn enable them to satisfy emerging digital sovereignty needs.

It will Invest in data privacy, transparency, and security while giving customers control over their data. It will also Assist organizations to accomplish their cloud migration in the most effective and long-term manner possible.

Let's Hear What the Top Executives Say
First off on the list is Bikram Singh Bedi, managing director, Google Cloud India, who said that “as we slowly emerge from the crisis of the last 18 months, we're refocusing our efforts on assisting Indian businesses in accelerating their digital transformations, deepening our commitment to India's digitization and economic recovery”.

Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud, stated, "our commitment to India is for India, by India. As a result of this, we are seeing success not just in America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, but also in the number of major companies throughout the world”.

On the other hand, the Co-founder and Group CTO of InMobi, Mohit Saxena, believes that with the launch of the Google Cloud Delhi NCR region, the InMobi Group will be able to continue to bridge the gap between our users and products.

Then there’s the words of Neeraj Singh, co-founder, and chief technology officer, investment platform, Groww, who believes that Google Cloud’s great technology will allow Groww to grow and scale infrastructure to millions of customers. The new Google Cloud region in Delhi NCR will enable more Indian enterprises and startups to gain access to powerful cloud-based infrastructure, products, and services.

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