World’s most agile cloud infrastructure provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) said that its Indian subsidiary Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL) which undertakes the resale and marketing of AWS Cloud services in India, has achieved full Cloud Service Provider (CSP) empanelment and successfully completed the STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) audit from the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for cloud services delivered from the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.
This certification sees AISPL join a list of approved providers that meet pre-defined government standards of quality, availability, and security. AWS said that now government customers can develop their own terms and conditions to procure AWS Cloud services. The empanelment process includes compliance with new global security standards and guidelines ISO 27017 and ISO 27018.
India’s IT ministry advises government bodies and departments to procure cloud services only from the empaneled and audit-compliant CSPs. With this empanelment, AWS will now be able to sell it services to government organisation and public sector units in India. AWS said that government organisations can take advantage of AWS Cloud to deliver citizen-centric services at lower cost through flagship programs such as Digital India, Skill India, and Smart Cities.
AWS claimed that it offers fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, IoT, networking, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) from 44 Availability Zones across 16 geographic regions globally.
Some of the AWS public sector customers in India include Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC), Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), CSC e-Governance Services (set up by the Ministry of Electronics & IT), Gujarat Technical University, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
Since the launch of AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region in June 2016, more than 120,000 active customers including Tata Motors, NDTV, Lupin, Future Group, and Shoppers Stop have adopted AWS Cloud for a broad range of applications such as e-governance applications, website hosting, big data analytics, mobile applications, e-commerce platforms, mission critical business applications such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft, among many other use cases.