Google and Facebook will merge Avago, a cloud computing platform with a strong foothold in India, to create a new business, the companies announced Thursday.

Google, the world’s biggest Internet search engine, will take on a leading role in the new company, with Avago serving as its chief executive.

Facebook, the Facebook-owned social networking site, will help lead the company, and its cloud-based infrastructure will be a core part of Avago’s offerings, the news release said.

The companies said the deal will enable Avago to compete with Amazon Web Services and other cloud-hosted services.

Facebook and Avago said they will work together on the new Avago business.

Google and Amazon have been working together to build cloud-centric cloud computing systems, which combine the computing power of servers, storage and networking to power Web sites.