Google Announces Second Data Centre Cluster in India

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Google is ramping up its cloud infrastructure in India, announcing its second cluster of data centres in Delhi-National Capital Region. “We are expanding our local infrastructure in response to customer demand since we opened our Mumbai cloud region in 2017,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, in a webcast on Thursday.

It is the tech giant’s second piece of infrastructure in the country to meet to customer demands, and the tenth in the Asia Pacific.

“The new infrastructure will help provide solutions for problems such as disaster recovery within India and ensure low latency for many state-run enterprises in and around Delhi. It’s a large commitment from us in capital and infrastructure investment and it’s designed to allow us to capture the opportunity that we see around growth,” added Kurian.

Google did not disclose the investment details. India’s startup economy has helped drive and accelerate the use of cloud services, said Bikram Singh Bedi, managing director at Google Cloud’s India unit.

Google Cloud counts home-grown social network ShareChat, online travel firm Cleartrip and private sector lender HDFC Bank among its India customers. Google has bet big on India. Last year, it invested $4.5 billion in Jio Platforms, the digital unit of oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries, from a so-called $10 billion digitisation fund targeted for the country. In June, Google said it was forging a partnership with Jio to help India’s biggest wireless carrier with tech solutions for enterprise and consumer offerings ahead of the launch of 5G services.