In­dia dis­cov­ers po­ten­tial of cloud with Cloud­con­nect

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Cloud­Con­nect, a com­pre­hen­sive con­fer­ence-cum-ex­hi­bi­tion that fo­cused on the en­tire ecosys­tem of the cloud, held be­tween May24 -25 in Bengaluru, saw em­i­nent pro­fes­sion­als from the in­dus­try dis­cuss the role of the cloud as an im­por­tant busi­ness en­abler. The speak­ers dis­cussed the role of cloud as a game changer in an emerg­ing coun­try like In­dia. With four key­notes, 65+ speaker ses­sions, three par­al­lel con­fer­ence ses­sions, real world work­shops, panel dis­cus­sions and cloud expo, Cloud­Con­nect proved to be the most promis­ing event on cloud com­put­ing in In­dia. Ex­cerpts from ses­sions of some prominent speak­ers:

Chi­dambaran Kol­len­gode

Direc­tor – Cloud Com­put­ing, Nokia

In a ses­sion ti­tled, ‘Ar­chi­tect­ing cloud in­fra­struc­tures for Big Data Chal­lenges,’ Chi­dambaran Kol­len­gode, Direc­tor – Cloud Com­put­ing, Nokia, talked about Hadoop as an open source paradigm. He dis­cussed out of the box tech­niques for solv­ing Big Data chal­lenges. He also gave real-world ex­am­ples of Hadoop im­ple­men­ta­tion in or­ga­ni­za­tions he has worked with.

Vam­sicha­ran Mu­diam Strat­egy Leader, Cloud Com­put­ing

Ser­vice, IBM In­dia/South Asia

De­liv­er­ing a key­note ses­sion on the topic ‘Smart­Cloud - Di­rec­tions 2012. Re­think IT. Re­think Busi­ness,’ Vam­sicha­ran Mu­diam, Strat­egy Leader, Cloud Com­put­ing Ser­vice, IBM In­dia/South Asia dis­cussed how cloud com­put­ing has changed the way we think about tech­nol­ogy, economies of scale and in­no­va­tion. He said that or­ga­ni­za­tions are pri­mar­ily look­ing at cloud be­cause of its abil­ity to op­ti­mize and make IT flex­i­ble and en­able rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. Mu­diam also dis­cussed how IBM has lever­aged cloud to achieve busi­ness ob­jec­tives.

Eric Yu

Pres­i­dent, Huawei En­ter­prise

De­liv­er­ing a key­note ses­sion on the topic ‘Con­verg­ing busi­ness re­quire­ments and the cloud’ at day one of Cloud­Con­nect event, Eric Yu, Pres­i­dent, Huawei En­ter­prise said cloud as a con­cept helps in mak­ing life bet­ter for CIOs as it helps in ad­dress­ing two of the big­gest chal­lenges IT is fac­ing to­day — pre­vent­ing in­for­ma­tion leak­age and re­duc­ing power con­sump­tion. He dis­cussed how or­ga­ni­za­tions can build an open en­vi­ron­ment of cloud and de­liver the de­mands of their busi­ness. He an­swered sev­eral ques­tions like ‘ Which ap­pli­ca­tions should be shifted to cloud?’, ‘How se­cure is cloud?’, ‘ Which cloud (pri­vate, pub­lic or hy­brid cloud) should be adopted?’ and ‘ Who to part­ner with?’

P Srid­har Reddy Chair­man and Manag­ing Direc­tor, CtrlS

In an in­ter­est­ing key­note ses­sion at day two of Cloud­Con­nect, P Srid­har Reddy, Chair­man and MD, CtrlS, busted some com­mon myths about the cloud com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Ven­guswamy Ra­maswamy

Global Head of iON, TCS

De­liv­er­ing a ses­sion ti­tled ‘How In­dian SMBs can trans­form them­selves us­ing the cloud,’ Ven­guswamy Ra­maswamy, Global Head of iON, TCS said cloud is the best tech­nol­ogy for SMBs as the whole model is on OPEX than CAPEX, which im­proves an SMB’s ca­pa­bil­ity to con­serve cash and fo­cus on growth. Ra­maswamy also shared sev­eral in­ter­est­ing ex­am­ples of how SMBs can use cloud to their ad­van­tage. In a ses­sion ti­tled ‘Mov­ing to the Cloud: Choose what works for you,’ Jaya­balan Subra­ma­nian, CTO and Co-Founder, Net­magic ad­dressed the com­mon prob­lem faced by many or­ga­ni­za­tions while con­sid­er­ing cloud com­put­ing — choos­ing the right model. He shared in de­tail how en­ter­prises can eval­u­ate which cloud model works best for their busi­ness.

N Nataraj Global CIO, Hex­aware

“Ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion should come up with its own cloud de­ploy­ment strat­egy. In­fra­struc­ture and ap­pli­ca­tions alone will not give re­sults, hence it’s cru­cial to dif­fer­en­ti­ate the build­ing blocks (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS) based on the re­quire­ments,” said N Nataraj, Global CIO, Hex­aware in his ses­sion ti­tled ‘Cloud Lessons from the trenches: Our Jour­ney to Cloud.’ Hav­ing de­ployed pri­vate cloud at Hex­aware, which has re­sulted in the re­duc­tion of in­fra­struc­ture main­te­nance cost by 30 per­cent and op­er­a­tional main­te­nance cost by 15 per­cent, Nataraj shared some im­por­tant lessons learnt dur­ing the com­pany’s cloud jour­ney. “It is im­por­tant to plan for re­dun­dancy in

Jaya­balan Subra­ma­nian CTO and Co-Founder,


ad­vance and this can be achieved by hav­ing the cloud at mul­ti­ple data cen­ter and not one. It is also im­por­tant to plan dif­fer­ent lay­ers like in­fra­struc­ture, vir­tu­al­iza­tion, ad­min­is­tra­tion and or­ches­tra­tion and work­flow/gov­er­nance prop­erly,” ad­vised Nataraj.

Anna Gong Vice Pres­i­dent - Cloud, Vir­tu­al­iza­tion and Ser­vice Au­toma­tion, Asia Pa­cific, CA Tech­nolo­gies

In her key­note ses­sion at day two of the event, Anna Gong, Vice Pres­i­dent - Cloud, Vir­tu­al­iza­tion and Ser­vice Au­toma­tion, Asia Pa­cific, CA Tech­nolo­gies dis­cussed the impact of Con­sumer­iza­tion of IT on cloud com­put­ing.

KP Unnikrishnan Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor, Asia Pa­cific, Brocade

In an in­sight­ful ses­sion on the topic ‘Ef­fi­cient cloud net­works for bet­ter eco­nomics,’ KP Unnikrishnan, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor - Asia Pa­cific, Brocade dis­cussed the role of true Eth­er­net Fab­ric in al­low­ing data cen­ter teams to create ef­fi­cient data cen­ter net­works.

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