Google plans to double its headcount in India for its cloud business this year as it gets ready to battle it out with Amazon and Microsoft’s dominance in the country.
The public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 38 percent in 2017 to $1.81 billion, according to Gartner, as the market in country remains vastly untapped.
Google, which has invested $30 billion on its cloud platform over the past three years in building infrastructure, will open its first cloud region in India this year. This is where customers can choose to locate their applications to meet their requirements. Google has 10 regions globally at present and seven, including India, are coming up.
Rivals Amazon, Microsoft and IBM already have public cloud data centres in the country. The Google Cloud enterprise offering is made up of the cloud platform, G Suite applications for workplace productivity, Google Maps for companies relying on location-based services and Android devices for business.
Google, which is seen as a late entrant to the cloud storage business, is relying on its artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities to beat the competition.
By Baishakhi Dutta