Saturday, November 13, 2010

Google eyes cloud computing market in India

Hyderabad: Google- world's largest search engine administrator- is pinning hopes on the growing cloud computing market in India with plans to double its engineering headcount in the country in next two years, a senior company official said here today.

According to Peeyush Ranjan, head of engineering, Google India, the IT major is gearing up for tapping the market though the market is said to be still in its nascent phase.He said the company is keen on putting in place the technologies and its engineering team to cater to the market demands.

"We target the SMB market in India for cloud. The country like China is a very price-sensitive market and the small and medium businesses are showing interest in adopting the cloud model primarily due to the cost advantages at various points of its implementation," Ranjan said.

He said Google already has about 3 million clients on cloud and in India, the number is at about one lakh comprising major educational institutions, corporate and SMBs.

"Between Google Bangalore and Hyderabad, we have a team of about 300 engineers working on the cloud technologies. This is the largest cloud focused team for the company outside US Now, in order to cater to the growing market opportunities, we are preparing to hire hundreds of engineers into this team," he said.

He, however, refused to provide the exact number of employees to be hired.

Google Apps, the company's offering for the enterprises to move into the cloud, have about 25 million active users currently.

"We are signing about 3,000 businesses every day and we are approaching the market through about 1,000 authorised resellers," he said.       

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