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Private cloud to help save 50% of IT costs

A study says private clouds will help Indian enterprises save as much as 50 per cent of the cost of IT operations and generate one lakh jobs by 2015.

Ayan Pramanik | July 21, 2011 | Updated 07:58 IST

Private clouds will help Indian enterprises save as much as 50 per cent of the cost of IT operations and generate one lakh jobs by 2015, said a recent study. The total cloud computing market is expected to grow more than 10 times in the next five years to $4.5 billion, with private clouds accounting for $3.5 billion, according to the study titled Private Cloud Landscape in India.

Total cloud spend as a percentage of total IT spend is expected to rise from 1.4 per cent in 2010 to 8.2 per cent in 2015, said the study commissioned by EMC Corporation and conducted by Zinnov Management Consulting. The study added that leading public and private educational institutions, along with IT enterprises, are expected to play a key role in enhancing workforce skills to match the industry demand for cloud computing.

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A private cloud is more secure than the public cloud where data used through the Internet is shared, pointed out experts. The findings are based on a comprehensive survey of over 100 chief information officers (CIOs) and IT decision makers in India across industry verticals conducted during January to May 2011, said a spokesperson. "Cloud is the new way through which IT will be delivered and consumed," said Manoj Chugh president, EMC India and SAARC.

"While private cloud will dominate market adoption in future, some organisations that are mature in their journey to the cloud are already turning to a hybrid approach to get the best of both worlds - choose what resources to manage in-house and allow what to be managed externally," Chugh said.

"More and more companies will run their R&D for cloudbased infrastructure from India as the country has a huge talent pool for in this regard," said Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov. Recently, Microsoft launched Office 365 for open beta in 38 countries and in 17 different languages. This is reported to be an online cloud alternative of the Office suite that goes "head-tohead with Google Apps".

Microsoft has brought in Office 365 especially for small businesses that usually prefer to have a collaborative and easilyaccessible workforce. This is a $6 per user/per month subscription service that lets you access your email, important documents, contacts and calendar from virtually anywhere on almost any device.

"As many as 73 per cent of CIOs are looking at cloud as a future strategy tool. It is also the most popular category in the start-up phase. Currently, the Jammu and Kashmir government is using the Madhya Pradesh government's cloud for its e-governance projects," said Natarajan.

Courtesy: Mail Today 

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