Google to offer Indian startups free cloud credits

Dated: November 19, 2015

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Global search engine giant Google has announced that it will offer 1,000 Indian startups with up to $20,000 each in free credits for Google Cloud services starting in 2016. By bringing its cloud platform to India's startup community, Google plans to help those who are held back by a lack of computing to power, to build, deploy and scale their future innovation.

The criteria includes that the startup should not have raised funding of more than $5 million, less than $500,000 in annual revenue and not received previous cloud platforms credits.

"With the second largest developer population in the world, India is poised to be home to next generation of global software firms. We're committed to partner these next gen companies and enterprises as a trusted provider of affordable, collaborative and easy to use productivity and cloud computing tools to help them succeed. Over the last few years, we have gained tremendous momentum in helping companies go Google in India and we're confident that with these new initiatives, we will further bring down the barriers for companies to make the switch to Google Apps," Amit Singh, president, Google For Work said.

And it’s not just startups that Google has managed to rope in for its cloud-based enterprise suite. Older established businesses like Bombay Dyeing, Hero Motorcorp, JSW etc are also taking turning to Google’s Cloud. “What we’re seeing is that most businesses, especially startups start with Gmail and Docs, move on to video conferencing via Hangouts. Then of course, some established businesses have taken to Google Vault for better information management systems,” said Singh.

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