Has India landed itself on a cloud number 9?

In the past few years ‘cloud computing’ has become “the phrase du jour”. From the time it was conceived, cloud computing has been on tongues of everyone who has had anything to do with facilities sharing of technological resources, software and digital information over the Internet.

“A cloud is a big wave in the global market, and India certainly is following the trends,” says Symantec vice-president Information Management Group, Vijay Mhaskar.

According to a recent report by IDC, 14% of companies in India are already using the public cloud, and another 76% are considering cloud computing within the next six months.

Another report suggests that the Indian cloud computing market was estimated at Rs 425 crore in 2010 and is expected to grow to Rs 2,200 crore by 2014.

In India, the platform is expected to mainly benefit SMEs (small and medium enterprises, SOHO (small office, home office) and consumer segments.

“Indian enterprises are discussing virtualisation and private/hybrid clouds. While agility and affordability are the main drivers, having fewer legacy systems is helping this transition,” Mhaskar said.

Security, security, security

This transition, however, brings in a new set of challenges related to security, scalability, and disaster preparedness. Data storage at cloud computing is secure as it is unaffected by computer’s crashing or any hardware or software problem. But again, as mentioned in our earlier post, security threat remains intact because if any server is attacked then all the data storage will be lost.

India has still ‘wait-and-watch’ approach to moving to the cloud completely. The awareness around emerging technologies is quite common in this country. However, enterprises tend to think twice before the complete implementation.

Organisations which decide to sit on the fence, when the cloud is increasingly gulping down more and more companies every day, are likely to get behind the curve of the next wave of innovation. Firms which acknowledge the increasingly growing technology can ensure the success of the cloud as an incredible weapon in their IT strategy.

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