Amidst mass layoffs in the IT industry, Google has decided to double its strength in India for cloud business.
This is being done to counter the competition from Amazon and Microsoft. India’s public cloud services market is projected to grow 38% in 2017 to $1.81 billion, according to Gartner, as the market in country remains vastly untapped.
“We are building our go-to market, which spans across segments and industries. This year we are doubling our team here and we will probably double this again as we move forward,” said Mohit Pande, country head – India, Google Cloud.
Google has till now, invested $30 billion on its cloud platform in India. This investment has come in the past three years. The company will open its first cloud region in India this year.
“India is a large market for us, also a very strategic market. We are investing a lot in India, we are opening a cloud region, we are investing in sales, marketing, customer engineering teams, professional services and partner network. We are building this ecosystem as India is a significant part of our strategy,” added Pande.
These are early days for cloud. It is a very large market and we think less than 10% of workload has moved to the cloud. Most of the market is for everyone to play. We see a big momentum coming in,” said Pande.