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Amazon Announces Immediate Availability of Amazon Web Services in Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region

July 18, 2016
Amazon has announced the immediate availability of 6th AWS region in Asia Pacific based in Mumbai. With this development, Amazon joins the league of regions comprising Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo and has up to 35 availability zones spread across 13 geographic regions worldwide.

Despite introduction of AWS in Asia Pacific region, the Amazon IoT, Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) and Amazon Kinesis Firehose are missing form the initial list of services. We expect Amazon to provide support for thee services in the upcoming future. With over 75000 active customers in India, the AWS based in Mumbai region has been tested by Ola Cabs and NDTV.

Commenting on the launch of Mumbai region, Ankit Bhati, CTO and co-founder of Ola Cabs revealed that technology is a key enabler, where we use AWS to drive supreme customer experience, and innovate faster on new features and services for our customers. Moreover, the AWS has helped the company to reach out to over 100+ cities and 550K driver partners across India. 

Responding to media queries, Kawaljit Singh Bedi, CTO, NDTV Convergence disclosed that AWS managed their website to 
scale high traffic during the 2014 Indian election coverage, when the company received a 26 fold increase in traffic. The AWS managed to withstand 13 billion hits on counting day when millions of people navigated the website at the same time.
In the mean time, Werner Vogels, CTO, Amazon added that Indian market is emerging and Amazon is committed to invest funds for the long term. The Mumbai AWS service will help enterprise customers and startups in India not only to reduce the IT operations cost but also to improve big data analytics and Internet of Things.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has added three Microsoft Azure regions in India which includes Central India (Pune), South India (Chennai) and West India (Mumbai).