Cloud Computing is becoming the latest buzz word in the Information Technology Sector. Google, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM have all been investing heavily in Cloud Computing. Come to think of it, it could actually revolutionize the way we have come to use the PC and Internet. Infact, Salesforce.com is completely living on the cloud with its pay as you use Customer Relationship Management(CRM) Model.
I have no qualms against it and infact, I am all for Cloud Computing or Software as a Service(SaaS) as it is most commonly referred to.
What does bother me though is if Cloud Computing can actually become a boon for India. Sure, we have had a huge number of SME’s and SMB’s switching over to Cloud Computing Solutions. Infact, Amazon S3 has been great success across the globe and a huge number of Indian websites have been using it.
India Inc. as a consumer for Cloud Computing is a scenario where I see Cloud Computing ‘s prowess in full flow. It is however, India Inc. as a provider of Cloud Computing Solutions that I have concerns and will be more than happy to have them shunned.
Consider the case of the Airtel Net PC- The Cloud Computing Service By Airtel on broadband. Give me a break will you! I have been an Airtel Broadband Customer for long enough to say that their broadband service or rather put euphemistically -Internet 24/7 has never lived up to its name.
For that matter, let’s just say any Internet Service Provider is not with a huge share of dissatisfied customer base.
Do a twitter search with "Internet connection+#fail" or any combinations of the same any day and you will agree with me.
To make things clear, I am all for India Inc. making it big as a provider for Cloud Computing Services rather than just being the consumers. The only issue here is to understand and identify that we have the Ground to see the Cloud.
1. Can we have uninterrupted power supply?
2.Can we have uninterrupted Internet Connectivity?
It is clear that India Inc. is still a laggard when it comes to having the right infrastructure for Cloud Computing. We are nation where un-interrupted Internet Connectivity/power supply is still considered a luxury.
So, investing huge amount of money in developing Cloud Computing solutions without the customer unable to utilize it owing to slow Internet Connections makes little sense. Why not first work towards getting the base right? I agree that the ISP’s might need a little helping hand from the government to ensure that 24/7 Internet actually become a reality as against a virtual reality today. Yes, the lack of Infrastructure should not hinder the research and development in Cloud Computing-The Future of Computing, but it should not be done to ape the West or neither to get a early share in the pie that is Cloud Computing.
What are your thoughts on the same.
PS: I am in no way trying to degrade Airtel or any other ISP’s here.
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