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RCom expands its cloud computing infrastructure in India

Reliance Communications has deployed new Cloud Xchange nodes in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Cloud Xchange is the company’s cloud computing-cum-delivery solution. It helps in sophisticated delivery and implementation of cloud-computing based solutions, including content delivery. In some ways, it is like Amazon Web Services.

At present, Akamai Technologies is a big player in network and delivery optimization in India. Cloud computing refers to the shifting of computing processes from offices and institutions to large data centers to take advantage of higher economies of scale.

Cloud X is uniquely designed to deliver not only infrastructure provisioning in a few clicks, but the deployment of complex multi-tiered enterprise applications directly on to enterprise networks in minutes, rather than months, RCom said.

The Cloud X platform supports network transparency and Cloud orchestration–key elements in accelerating enterprise applications to the Cloud, it added.

“We will achieve full deployment of our Next-Generation content and Cloud Delivery Network by the end of this year, with–what is a first in India–five fully-operational Cloud Xchange points,” said Reliance Group Chairman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani at the Digital India launch on July 1, 2015.

“These Cloud Xchange nodes can help government departments access 240 times the amount of compute power currently available in Government data centers, and over six times the high-speed storage currently available in India.”

Over the past year, one key endeavor of RCOM, and its subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange, has been a strategic realignment of its capabilities to support cloud networking requirements, including self- provisioning of network resources and bandwidth-on-demand. The Company’s unique strength in Cloud orchestration stems from its unrivalled national and global network reach, which enable customers to have seamless access to the rapidly-growing public Cloud ecosystem in India, and around the globe.

“Cloud X is changing the paradigm of Cloud Computing,” said Mr Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and Global Cloud Xchange. “The network must now undergo a profound transformation, from a static entity to a dynamic, intelligent, application- aware fabric that can support multiple traffic requirements, diverse geographies and flexible pricing models,” Mr Barney added.

“Cloud computing has already made an impact on the everyday life of many Indians. It is driving business model innovation and helping businesses,” said Mr Manoj Menon, Senior Partner & Managing Director of analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. “Going forward, the impact will be even more pervasive—with innovative solutions around safe cities, smart homes, connected cars and better healthcare.”

The Reliance Group today is India’s largest provider of data center facilities, with a total capacity of over 600,000 square feet spread across the country. Its 11 data centers, connected by India’s largest terrestrial fiber network and the world’s largest submarine sub-sea cable infrastructure, already constitute a vital core of India’s digital backbone and a mission-critical component in the digital transformation of India.

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