IT was never one for being ecstatic over the public cloud. However, now the public cloud is hovering around the portals of IT, making it impossible to ignore the limitless possibilities and advantages. Although the public cloud was not a favorite subject for the IT world, it has come to be now. These two were destined to get along, saddled in common ground. The public cloud technically should have found IT a long time ago, if it wasn’t for unending problems unrelated to the public cloud itself, or for reasons of its premature entry into India.
Looking back at the time when even vanilla cloud computing took time getting adjusted to and being given its due. Time has shaken off all doubts and vanilla cloud has advanced to the stage it is now. Cloud computing takes many forms and is now looked upon as being a strong and secure technology for enterprises. Indian organizations also feel the importance of cloud technology, and the importance of allowing it to grow.
Cloud technology is fast catching up and as per the CIO survey conducted majority people are already using cloud technology in some way or another. Apart from this feedback, people also expressed that they were sure that cloud computing is here to stay to shape future technology too.
According to the CIO Survey about 53 percent respondents were of the view that in using public cloud solutions, businesses and enterprises will benefit and profit. Another pro of public cloud computing is that it will result in a decrease in infrastructure costs and converting capex to opex, apart from other factors. Mr. Jagdish Belwal, CIO, of Tata Motors said, “cost savings, scalability and process excellence are the REAL benefits which can be expected from such public cloud implementation.” Mr. Jagdish Belwal mentioned his pans to move his Web-based, external facing portals to IaaS platforms.
Mr. Belwal also intends to explore and move non-production systems like development boxes to an IaaS platforms since they are used limitedly. He further stated that Tata Motors wants to take advantage of this public cloud technology and look at this technology in a positive way in keeping with one of Tata’s principles, “We will first look at the cloud to deliver whatever new business process requirements that come our way. Our technology principle now is that whenever a new process enablement request comes in, we will first look at the cloud as an option, and then we will look at packaged products. After which only we will turn to internal development” Belwal said.
Also expressing the same view is Jayanta Prabhu, CTO, of Essar Group. Mr. Prabhu too said that cloud technology will render reduced capex and scalability. He said, “Going forward, I have aggressive plans of increasing the number of apps on Microsoft’s public cloud platform going from four to 10,” says Prabhu. “We are also evaluating the possibility of moving SAP to the cloud.” Issues about the success of public cloud technology will always loom large, trying to outweigh its benefits and these shortcomings may include vague SLAs to infrequent availability, and from security to vendor-lock in.
Allowing public cloud services in our world will require a lot of regularization, regulation and management no doubt. Taking care of contracts prudently is top priority. Also problems like getting buy-in and funding for the technology. Amid skepticism of its potential cloud computing has managed to set a firm ground here in India. Integration and security issues are some of the concerns revolving around cloud technology. The advantages cannot be ignored at the same time, these benefits like business agility, reduction in costs arising from infrastructure and also reduced scalability are some.
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