As the rollout of cloud services by telecoms continues, Indian giant Tata Communications (news, filings) is staking out some turf in Southeast Asia. They have now launched their InstaCompute service in Singapore, aiming at customers across the region, e.g. malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Phillipines, and Hong Kong. This follows their initial roll-out in India last fall, and they expect to move on from here to Europe, the US, and South Africa by the end of 2011. Tata’s IaaS service appears to be your basic self-provisioned on-demand computing and storage infrastructure. It powered by gear from Dell and apparently Cloud.com for the open software running on it and powering the interface.
One wonders just how territorial this business is going to become. While one feature of cloud computing is a decrease in the importance of the physical location of data, there is certainly a geographical component involved in selecting a provider. In the past, you knew exactly where your data was. With cloud computing you don’t know precisely where, but you still want to have an approximate location in mind right? Location matters even when one isn’t actually able to know where it is. Sounds sort of like particle physics.
For its part, Tata is starting on its own turf before taking on the rapidly developing competitive field in the larger markets for cloud-based services overseas. That certainly seems like common sense.
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