Indian state govts adopting cloud faster than US counterparts: Amazon Web Services

Indian state govts adopting cloud faster than US counterparts: Amazon Web Services
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21 Sep, 2018

Indian state governments are adopting cloud way faster than US counterparts, news agency IANS reported, citing an executive from Amazon Web Services, the cloud unit of Jeff Bezos-led e-commerce giant Amazon.

AWS vice-president for its worldwide public sector, Teresa Carlson, said that the rate of adoption has accelerated in just two years in India’s public sector.

"When I first visited India in 2016, people, although tech-savvy, were not much exposed to cloud computing and the capabilities it brings. Startups were always enthusiastic but within the government circles the buzz around cloud was just shaping up," Carlson was quoted as saying by IANS.

"On my second India visit, I am glad to see the transformation. They are now clearly aware about cloud computing and the immense benefits associated with it," she said.

The vice-president said that the US state governments had access to cloud eight years ago.

Carlson added that she was bullish on helping improve citizen services in India.

"Citizens today have greater voice via various online platforms. They can now reach policymakers and elected representatives to register their grievances. This is an area where India has great potential to empower its billion-plus citizens," Carlson was quoted as saying.

Maharashtra’s MahaOnline is one such example, said Peter Moore, regional managing director, public sector, Asia-Pacific, AWS.

He added that MahaOnline can use AWS to scale down or scale up operations depending on the amount of traffic coming in.