Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL), an Indian subsidiary of the Amazon Group which undertakes the resale and marketing of AWS Cloud services in India achieved full Cloud Service Provider (CSP) empanelment, and successfully completed the 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. With 52 global security certifications, attestations, assurance programs, and quality audits already achieved, such as ISO 9001, SOC1, SOC2, SOC3, and more, AWS is the first global cloud service provider to earn this status in India.
Starting today, 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.
MeitY advises government bodies and departments to procure cloud services only from the empaneled and audit-compliant CSPs. This includes departments under Central, State, and local Governments, Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), autonomous institutions, statutory bodies, and Nationalised Banks within India who can now use AWS for their workloads.
Government organisations can take advantage of the best-in-class technology from AWS Cloud to drive transformation, and to deliver highly innovative citizen-centric services at lower cost through flagship programs such as Digital India, Skill India, and Smart Cities. AWS offers fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, IoT, networking, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), and more, from 44 Availability Zones across 16 geographic regions globally.
"The Government of India has been driving the mission to promote e-Governance for empowering citizens, and enabling access to digital and cloud-enabled services for its nodal agencies and public sector organisations. The empanelment of the AWS Cloud is paving the way for innovation so that government bodies can serve citizens more effectively, achieve scientific breakthroughs, reach broader constituents, and invest more time and resources into their core missions," said Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director, Amazon Web Services, Public Sector - Asia Pacific based in AWS Singapore office.
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.