Amazon.com is investing US$2 billion more in India, which is witnessing an online retail boom. The online retailer has been expanding in India, and earlier this week said it was setting up five new fulfillment centers in the country, which will double its total storage capacity to over half a million square feet (over 46,500 square meters). The investment announcement comes a day after a top Indian online retailer, Flipkart Internet, said it had raised $1 billion in new funding.
Amazon announced that Doug Gurr will replace Steve Frazier as the new president of Amazon China. Meanwhile, Frazier will be transferred back to the Seattle headquarters and continues to work as global vice president of the international business unit. Frazier was leading Amazon’s Chinese Internet retailing business in the past two and half years. In the future, he will be responsible for business expansion in international markets, including supporting the Chinese business.
TAIPEI–The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the country’s major trade promotion body, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Monday with Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, to forge a partnership agreement. Following cooperation with eBay Inc. and Newegg.com Inc. of the United States, along with Japan’s IPROS Corp., the signing of the MOU marks TAITRA’s latest efforts to promote e-commerce platforms, expand overseas markets and boost exports.
Amazon Web Services today announced the availability of the graphics oriented Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) G2 instance served from its Sydney facility. Called g2.2xlarge, the instances feature eight virtual processors based on Intel’s Xeon E5-2670 Sandy Bridge CPUs with 15 GiB of memory each; they are backed by 60GB of solid state disc storage.
While Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) dominates ecommerce in the US, it’s only a small player here in China. With just over two percent of China’s huge B2C ecommerce market, the company has been relatively quiet here other than a handful of Kindle launches. That’s why we were surprised to find out that Amazon just dropped a US$20 million funding round on Chinese fresh food estore Yummy77 late last week.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the release of its WorkSpaces cloud-based virtualised desktop offering in Australia and the greater Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific launch comes seven months after the company first introduced the cloud-based virtualised desktop service at the company’s AWS re:Invent summit in Las Vegas last November, along with the release of a preview Beta version of the offering.
Trend Micro has extended its Deep Security as a Service on Amazon Web Services for customers in the Asia-Pacific region. This offers AWS customers in the region a variety of security modules, such as data encryption, firewall, malicious software detection and blocking, web reputation and integrity monitoring, and compliance controls.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The cloud computing paradigm shift is an undeniable and unstoppable force driven by the competitive needs of businesses and while there are still some impediments that stand in the way of full adoption, its acceptance will eventually happen, says the top executive of a major cloud player. Dr Werner Vogels, chief technology officer of Amazon Web Services (AWS) Inc, says companies – both big and small – can no longer afford to consider the cloud as a ‘nice to have,’ and those that do will stand to lose out in a big way.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Amazon.in today announced the launch of its Hindi book store with a wide selection of over 23,000 Hindi titles; making it the largest selection in India. The store offers a massive collection ranging from literature and fiction, inspiring biographies, children’s books, classic novels by famous authors including Premchand, Gulzar, Javed Aktar, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Kamaleshwar, Yashpal and a selection of the prestigious Sahitya Academy award winning books.
The smartphone supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders from Amazon for a device set to release in 2014, according to industry sources. The sources said that Amazon is finally ready to mass produce a smartphone in 2014, with orders starting to be sent to the supply chain as of March 2014, including to companies such as FIH Mobile.