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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Indian IT future clouded or clouded?


        Cloud computing has taken the world by a storm. Companies are moving swiftly to cloud platforms. Experts believe India will be benefited hugely by this shifting. They say India will readily jump into this new technology like we skipped the land-line generation and jumped into the mobile version. Cloud computing offers the flexibility and cost effectiveness of supplying what customer needs. We have mainly 3 services IaaS(Infrastructure as a Service), Saas (Software as a Service), and PaaS (Platform as a Service).
  • IaaS provide you with the infrastructure, in turn what you get is a computer/server. 
  • PaaS provides you a platform i.e. what you get is an application/framework. As we all know Windows Azure is a platform as a service launched by Microsoft.
  • And SaaS the most popular one deals with giving you a business functionality like Gmail, CRM, etc.


India and the Cloud
      One main problem checking "Indian cloud dream" is the penetration of Internet and the availability of electricity in many rural areas of India. Most of schools, libraries, small business in India wouldn't be able to take full advantage of this technology because of the above mentioned problems. But Indian Metros are another story, and they have already adopted it. Since cloud technology needs a continuous, uninterrupted Internet supply, it would easily gain popularity in metros. One big fish who already stepped into cloud platform is IYC(Indian Youth Congress). In India all the major IT firms provide cloud facility, TCS, Wipro, Infosys are some of them who mainly focused on SaaS, Zenith Infotech is a Mumbai based company which focus on IaaS, likewise Wolf Framework (Bengaluru), Orange Scape (Chennai) focuses on PaaS. Because of our poor IT infrastructure outside metros even giants like "Amazon" with its "Amazon Web Services" will think twice before they enter into Indian market as they stayed away from Indian online book market. Let us hope Indian IT future is not clouded but is in cloud.