Cloud Computing and India, Emerging Superstars of the 21st Century

Cloud Computing and India, Emerging Superstars of the 21st Century

“China and India will, separately and together, unleash an explosion of demand.”
– Mukesh Ambani, Indian industrialist and the 9th richest man in the world.

Before deciding to do my MBA from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, I was an Indian software engineer working in middle management at the Mumbai office of Citigroup. When I graduated from engineering college in 2004, India was a hub of software services. As a matter of fact, it still is; however, now, India has moved up the value chain to be involved in software development as well.

It’s not only producers of software who have improved themselves over the last decade; big businesses, who are the biggest consumers of IT services, have also spread their wings beyond Indian shores to make their presence felt in the developed world. When Ford decided to sell the Jaguar and Land Rover brands, it was India-based Tata Motors who snapped them up. In 2007, another member of the Tata family, Tata Steel, bought a 100% stake in British steelmaker Corus, immediately jumping to the list of top 10 steel producers in the world. Bharti Airtel now has an extensive operation in the Middle East while Reliance is one of the largest petroleum products firm in the world.

All this, and more, make India a fertile playground for cloud computing service providers, for it’s a given that businesses, in order to be successful, will need to invest in IT infrastructure. And with cloud computing being the future of IT, it is but obvious that India is the future of cloud computing.

I had already explored the immense potential of the country to be a cloud computing superstar from the producer point of view (See: Is India the Next Cloud Computing Superpower? ), and this view has been endorsed by none other than Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer (See: How India Stands to Gain from Cloud Computing ). Now, a new study estimates the cloud computing market in India to reach a stupendous $16 billion by 2020.

According to this study titled, ‘Deconstructing the “CLOUD”: The New Growth Frontier for Indian IT-BPO Sector’, brought out by industry body NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) in association with Deloitte, the Indian market for cloud computing is expected to reach $ 16 billion by 2020, while the corresponding figure for the global market is $680 billion. I had mentioned a few US-specific market sizing studies earlier (See: Where Is Cloud Computing Going? Up, Up And Away!).

Cloud computing is reshaping the Indian IT market by generating new opportunities for IT providers and driving changes in traditional IT offerings,” said Som Mittal, president of NASSCOM. “There are ample opportunities for cloud in every industry, and with the increased preference of cloud adoption in the coming years, industry will have to invest in competency building internally to take advantage of cloud computing technologies.”

With Indian industry on the rise, these impressive figures may well turn out to be true by the end of this decade.

By Sourya Biswas

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