Cloud Computing

Is India the emerging cloud computing capital of the world?

by Srikanth RP, InformationWeek, April 23, 2012

For a country like India, the importance of a technology like cloud computing is manifold as a majority of small and medium enterprises who cannot afford technology in the current form can now afford to adopt the latest technologies

Consider these statistics: A study by Nasscom and Deloitte estimates the Indian cloud computing market will reach USD 16 billion by 2020. Similarly, a report by consulting firm Zinnov Management Consulting estimates that the cloud computing market will grow from USD 400 million (currently) to USD 4.5 billion by 2015. A recent Microsoft-IDC study says that cloud computing will generate over 2 million jobs in India by 2015.

While these numbers are impressive, they indicate just a glimpse of the immense potential and transformation that is possible from adoption of cloud computing technologies. For a country like India, the importance of a technology like cloud computing is manifold as a majority of small and medium enterprises who cannot afford technology in the current form can now afford to adopt the latest technologies and compete effectively in the marketplace – similar to how most Indians skipped the landline to adopt the cellphone a decade back.

Against this context, we at UBM India, are extremely excited to bring the first-ever edition of Cloud Connect in Bengaluru, the Silicon valley of India. The huge interest and enthusiasm for a conference related to cloud computing, was amply reflected in the ‘Call for Papers’ program. This initiative, seeking speaker nominations from cloud experts, practitioners and analysts received an overwhelming response. We received over 100 submissions from some of the most experienced domain experts, CIOs, CTOs and analysts in the cloud computing space.

We have 3 keynotes, over 60+ speaker sessions, 3 parallel conference sessions, real-world workshops and panel discussions. This is complemented by an exhaustive exhibition where leading cloud vendors will demonstrate their latest technologies. We believe that this is one of the most comprehensive cloud computing conferences in India, and our effort has been to cover almost every possible topic related to the cloud – from Mobile Cloud, Big Data, Social Cloud, issues (legal aspects, security), and several Application Development and Cloud Architecting-related sessions.

We also have presentations from leading companies (Hexaware, Essar, etc) who will showcase in detail how they have gone about adopting the cloud, and their lessons and experiences from the same. We also have sector-based cloud conference sessions (Banking, Media, Telecom and Education).

Some of the prominent speakers include:  N Nataraj, CIO & SVP, Hexaware; Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head of iON, TCS; T Srinivasan, Managing Director, VMware India & SAARC ; KP Unnikrishnan (Unni), Marketing Director Asia Pacific for Brocade; Srikanth Karnakota, Director, Server and Cloud Business, Microsoft India; Ravi Gururaj, VP Products, Cloud Platforms Group, Citrix Systems; Janakiram MSV, Cloud Specialist; Krishnan Subramanian, Industry Analyst and Researcher; Chidambaran Kollengode, Director, Cloud Computing, Nokia; Jayabalan Subramanian, CTO & Co-Founder, Netmagic; Jason Bloomberg, President, ZapThink; Sunil Varkey, Head Information Security, Idea Cellular.

While it remains to be seen whether India will lead the cloud adoption wave or not, it does have the power to transform our existing industries – similar to the way the software outsourcing industry changed the face of Indian IT and India too!

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About Author

Srikanth RP

Executive Editor

An award-winning journalist with more than 14 years of experience, Srikanth RP is Executive Editor with InformationWeek India. Srikanth is passionate about writing on topics which clearly show the business impact of technology.

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