India becoming the new battlefield for data center providers

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After the entry of Microsoft and IBM in the public cloud data center market, and with more to follow, the CIO will have to be a connoisseur in weighing cloud options.

Public cloud data center services: Indian vs foreign providers – The foreign public cloud DC providers have a network of DCs globally. It allows them to scale with the wherewithal required for typical large scale volumes for selected business verticals. “These companies are able to cater to such large volumes easily compared to others. For example, when contracts are signed during provisioning of data center space across the Asia Pacific region, they have a network of data centers, which allows them to scale better,” says Sanchit Vir Gogia, Chief Analyst, Greyhound Research. This adds as a huge advantage compared to the Indian providers who are primarily local. “While Indian providers do a decent job in catering to mid ticket clients, they face a problem to serve the companies having a global presence, which requires them to tie up with other global providers who will further provide services,” points out Gogia.

Indian managed cloud hosting providers: Where do they have the edge? – The Indian CIOs want to meet in person. “They want to have a few meetings to build a comfort level. We are yet to have that trust factor in India,” says Piyush Somani, CEO, ESDS. The Indian providers do a fantastic job of handholding the company in its infancy. “I know of a company, which later came out with an IPO – when it launched operations – it required a lot more dedicated support, wherein the IT team was looking for a closed loop working with its providers. That’s where an Indian provider scored above a MNC public cloud provider,” says Gogia. The Indian providers are a lot more flexible compared to their foreign peers, who provide structured offerings. “They have a prepaid infrastructure services model which is more than a compute based pricing model. They have a different business model than a managed services flexible model of the Indian providers. This is a huge difference,” says Gogia.

Cloud adoption: Overall scenario – A number of them have a lot of legacy systems already. Change management is very difficult. There are latency issues because at times the data centers are in the USA etc. “More importantly there are many applications which are running on a single tenant model and to move them on a public cloud is very complex,” says Gogia. However the move towards the cloud has already started. “CIOs, to begin with are moving Infrastructure, DR, email to the public cloud. These are non mission critical applications and relatively easier to manage and less complex. No change management required. It’s a more definitive use case,” states Gogia. However, sometimes having to move ERP on a public cloud is complex. At times, organisations require response times of milliseconds. The public cloud cannot provide that response time. The use case is more complex in the applications space. More non complex applications like CRM, UC are now being moved to cloud. The CIOs are taking a more careful journey to the public cloud. To ensure compliance, security to work in a public cloud environment is very difficult than in a traditional environment. “To adopt public cloud also requires a lot of preparedness from inside the company. The IT decision makers should make sure that the applications will work fine in the public cloud with equal amount of availability as was before. They also have to look at the cost impact,” says Gogia.

Source: Express Computer


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