Looking at how rapidly India’s startup ecosystem is growing, it was only a matter of time before Amazon (whose AWS is used by a majority of small and medium Indian startups) gets its datacenter to India, to help Indian entrepreneurs provide faster content to Indians.
Now, a report published in The Economic Times today, cites sources within the Ministry of telecommunications, that top executives from Amazon India, including its India Managing Director Amit Agarwal and Vice President for International Public Policy Monique Meche, met Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, to discuss ways to make doing business in India, easier.
Also on the agenda, was discussion on how Government could help Amazon, in shifting its serves/datacenters from Singapore to India. The report mentions, that Prasad has assured full support to Amazon for its plans to bring its servers to India — a move which could well boost India’s image as an IT infrastructure hub rather than just being an outsourcing giant.
Apart from setting up a datacenter in India, Amazon officials also discussed with the minister a host of issues, including implementation of GST, clearances from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), among others.
As of now, the closest nodes for Amazon servers — on the basis of distance from India — reside in Singapore. In fact, major cloud storage players, including the likes of Amazon, Softlayer (IBM) and others currently host their servers in Singapore, which is the closest node possible, to India.
If Amazon does decide on shifting servers or creating a whole new datacenter in India, this could provide much faster response times to Indian internet businesses, and further better the overall customer engagement.
We’ve mailed Amazon to confirm this report, and will update this story as and when we get an update.