Bharti Airtel the Telecom service provider on Wednesday announced a multi-year, strategic alliance with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to deliver a “comprehensive set of innovative cloud solutions to large enterprise and small and medium enterprise (SME) customers in India”.
Airtel serves over 2,500 large enterprises and more than a million emerging businesses and companies with an integrated product portfolio, including Airtel Cloud, a multi-cloud product and solutions business.
Airtel Cloud will build an AWS Cloud Practice supported by AWS Professional Services, as well as develop differentiated Airtel Cloud products and capabilities leveraging AWS services, Airtel’s data centre capabilities, and Airtel’s network and telecoms offerings. Airtel customers will benefit from an integrated sales, consulting, and support approach from both companies, and improved security, scalability, and cloud management capabilities.
“Both companies will make joint investments to build the cloud expertise and train hundreds of employees to sell services to enterprises and SMEs”, said Harmeen Mehta, CIO & Head – Cloud and Security Business, Bharti Airtel on Wednesday.
He further said that Airtel is focusing on ensuring security for its enterprise and retail customers. “It is an area where we are focusing on immensely since there is a big rise in phishing attacks on customers”.
Airtel also leverages AWS services for development of its digital applications. Airtel is also a delivery partner for AWS Direct Connect, a cloud service solution that makes it easy to establish a dedicated network connection from a customer’s premises to AWS, providing customers with “increased bandwidth throughput, consistent network performance, and private connectivity”.
“I am delighted with the expansion of our relationship with Airtel. Indian companies are using the cloud to innovate, and in order to operate at an increased scale and speed. Many need partners like Airtel, with deep cloud expertise and an industry-focused approach to support them,” said Puneet Chandok, president, commercial business (India and South Asia), Amazon Internet Services.
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