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Google Cloud partners Tata Communications in India

Tata Communications will offer managed services for Google Cloud that will include cloud architecture planning and workload migration

Google Cloud is expanding its footprint in India through a partnership with Tata Communications, which will offer managed services for the number three cloud supplier.

These services, which are part of Tata Communications’ Izo managed cloud portfolio, include cloud architecture planning, workload migration and ongoing operational support.

It will also support enterprises in areas such as infrastructure modernisation, datacentre transformation, application modernisation, smart analytics, as well as multi-cloud deployments.

Enterprises will get a single-pane-of-glass orchestration tool that integrates different enterprise IT environments into a single dashboard and offers a view of their IT utilisation across Google Cloud, on-premise and private cloud environments.

Besides infrastructure management, Tata Communications will also manage Kubernetes deployments on Google Cloud to support application containerisation efforts in hybrid multi-cloud environments.

According to an IDC, over 60% of Indian organisations plan to leverage cloud platforms as they fine-tune their IT spending plans amid the ongoing pandemic. “The current demands on enterprises to manage and optimise their cloud solutions has never been more important, especially in the wake of Covid-19 and our increasing reliance on cloud infrastructure,” said Rajesh Awasthi, global head of cloud and managed hosting Services at Tata Communications.

“As organisations migrate to Google Cloud, they need a partner that will support them across their entire IT ecosystem and deliver a unified cloud management platform that offers greater transparency, control and security of their data and applications,” he added.

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Amitabh Jacob, head of partners and alliances at Google Cloud India, said the true test of 2021 will be how organisations adopt a cloud-first approach.

“Through our partnership with Tata Communications, we will be able to provide our customers with a unified, end-to-end experience that will remove the complexity in cloud management and help them transform at speed and scale”, he added.

Google Cloud, which opened its second cloud region in India in Delhi last year, is being used by organisations in industries such as commerce, healthcare and financial services, as well as the public sector.

Rishu Sharma, principal analyst for cloud and artificial intelligence at IDC India, said the current uncertainty has accelerated the demand for public cloud services in India, particularly in the financial services, media and education sectors.

“Getting to the ‘next normal’ entails businesses to leverage cloud as part of their business plans. Irrespective of where the businesses are positioned across IDC’s ‘response to recovery’ framework, organisations state cloud is imperative in attaining their core business objectives,” she said.

IDC expects India’s public cloud services market to hit $7.4bn by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 22.2% between 2020 and 2024.The top two cloud providers, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, accounted for about half of India’s public cloud services market during the first half of 2020.

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