The search engine giant wants to double its headcount for Google Cloud in India _ Reuters

With market research analysts bullish on cloud business in India, search engine giant Google is aiming to increase its footprint in this vastly untapped market.

The Mountain View, California-based internet giant wants to double its headcount in India for its cloud business this year as it gets ready to take on Amazon and Microsoft’s dominance in the country, reports Economic Times.

According to Google Cloud country head Mohit Pande, the company is building a go-to market, which spans across segments and industries. He felt these are early days for cloud and less than 10% of workload has moved to the cloud platform and sees a big momentum, the daily added.

Google will open its first cloud region in India this year. Here customers can choose to locate their applications to meet their requirements. Google has 10 regions globally at present and seven, including India, are coming up.

The Google Cloud enterprise offering is made up of the cloud platform, G Suite applications for workplace productivity, Google Maps for companies relying on location-based services and Android devices for business.

Rivals Amazon, Microsoft and IBM already have public cloud data centers in the country. According to Gartner, the public cloud services market in India is projected to grow 38% in 2017 to $1.81 billion

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