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Google Cloud Appoints Microsoft Veteran As Vice President

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Google has appointed former Microsoft executive Anil Bhansali as the Vice President of Engineering for Google Cloud in India.

Bhansali would be leading all software development support efforts for the operations of Google Cloud in India. The former Microsoft executive was with Microsoft for a long period of time, serving the company for more than 28 years. In his last assignment at the Redmond-headquartered office of Microsoft, he was the Vice President of Azure Cloud division and site leader for research and development efforts of the company in India. 

Bhansali also spearheaded engineering roles across Microsoft’s office, search, and window divisions. He is the second hire at the top level as Google Cloud is beefing up its game against rivals Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Alicloud. The cloud division of Google local also roped in Karan Bajwa, another Microsoft alumni as managing director in March this year.

“We’re very excited that Bhansali has joined Google Cloud to help grow and scale our software development support efforts in India so we can continue expanding and advancing Google Cloud services that are used by customers in more than 150 countries worldwide,” said Amit Zavery, Vice President, Engineering, Google LLC, in a statement. 

AWS leads the cloud market in India for years while Microsoft and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) have been lagging behind in terms of adoption. According to experts, AWS had first-mover advantage and very strong word-of-mouth amongst the developer community. 

Bhansali remarked he is looking forward to growing the development support efforts of Google Cloud in India for delivering solutions for customers faster and with great impact.

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