Cloud India: The Litmus Test

Cloud India: The Litmus Test

Lap up your plate of lamb vindaloo, wrap up your daydream of spartan ashram living, scroll past the Bollywood-lite selections on Netflix (“Slumdog,” “Bend It Like Beckham”), and you will locate a culture whose viewpoint on innovation rivals America's values of commerce and democracy. In India, every new technology must pass a litmus test of both usefulness and affordability. Cloud computing beautifully fits this bill. Allowing businesses to sidestep the need to establish a standalone IT infrastructure and employees, cloud is quickly becoming the ingredient of choice with which Indian professionals spice their ventures.

Both low cost of ownership and high return on investment are requirements of successful Indian business endeavors; the country's globally blooming economy has seen a meadow's worth of companies of all sizes flower, resulting in much stiffer competition. Cloud computing is enabling the small and midsize businesses of India to more effectively manage their customer bases while at the same time comply with the increasingly taut regulatory demands that are sweeping across the country (i.e., transparency of regulations and utilizing central business procedure).

Outsourcing — the watchword of Indian contributions to the international tech conversation. Since the late 1990s, India has spearheaded and dominating the outsourcing industry, which leads to yet another superlative for cloud computing in the culture. Cloud essentially outsources the demands of several key components to any business: a workplace, data servers, desktops, even an IT staff. India's expansive and rich size as a country and population make the nation a natural to adopt cloud's ability to boost remote collaboration and augmented efficiency via real-time mobile communication and interaction.

Examples of Indian companies who have adopted cloud computing to winning effect include Netmagic Solutions, one of the country's leading data center operators; Ogilvy India, a media company that runs several internet campaigns on cloud; and Indus Valley Partners, a New York / New Delhi / Mumbai consultancy firm entirely run on the cloud-based Google Apps. The Times of India elaborates on these businesses benefiting from cloud and several more.

Though cloud computing has already demonstrated much ideological promise in India, its practical application to on-site businesses there has not yet fully taken root. Cloud City, the web-journal feature of tech site Silicon India, reports that “companies [in the country] are still not extracting the true promise of cloud.” A movement to expedite this process has begun, fortunately, with the Cloud Computing World Forum to take place in Mumbai this October. Luminaries such as Rajaashkar Getty (Jetair) and Nandkishor Dhomne (CIO of Manipal Health) have arranged to appear and speak as well.

By Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

IoT, Smart Cities and the Future

IoT, Smart Cities and the Future

Smarter IoT When we use the term smart cities, a series of frames begin to run in front of our ...
The Smart Cloud - Microsoft Wants to Streamline AI Adoption

The Smart Cloud – Microsoft Wants to Streamline AI Adoption

Microsoft Streamline AI Adoption Artificial intelligence, or AI, has begun to see incorporation into more and more of the technologies ...
Here’s everything you need to know about serverless architectures

Here’s everything you need to know about serverless architectures

Serverless Architectures Serverless is an increasingly popular approach to software development that is growing extremely fast in companies of all ...
Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Business From Ransomware? Probably Not

Are You Doing Enough To Protect Your Business From Ransomware? Probably Not

Protect Your Business From Ransomware Ransomware is more advanced than ever. If you aren’t updating your security with that in ...
Is Automation The Future Of Radiology?

Is Automation The Future Of Radiology?

Future of Radiology For those of you who don’t already know, radiology is a subset of medicine that specializes in ...
How Brands Can Use IoT and Wearables to Enhance Customer Experience

How Brands Can Use IoT and Wearables to Enhance Customer Experience

Using IoT and Wearables as Part of the Customer Experience The IoT and wearables are on the verge of completely ...
Introducing and Implementing Voice Biometrics in Call Centers

Introducing and Implementing Voice Biometrics in Call Centers

Voice Biometrics in Call Centers It wouldn’t be wrong to say that voice biometrics is the way of the future, ...
Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation: Not Just For Large Enterprises Anymore

Digital Transformation Digital transformation is the acceleration of business activities, processes, and operational models to fully embrace the changes and ...
The Managed DNS Industry

The Managed DNS Industry

Managed DNS Industry  The SaaS industry has been going through a major shift in just the last few years, which is ...
Are You Thinking of Going to the Cloud Because of FOMO? Don’t!

Are You Thinking of Going to the Cloud Because of FOMO? Don’t!

The Fear of Missing Out A new study says FOMO – “Fear of Missing Out” is the reason cited by ...