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cloud computing in India
Cloud computing to create 2 million
jobs in India by 2015, says study
HYDERABAD: Cloud computing will generate some 14 million new jobs worldwide by 2015, and India alone will create
over 2 million, predicts a study commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC).
Pointing out to a strong linkage between cloud, innovation and entrepreneurship, the study said most companies look
at migration to cloud computing as a way to free up existing resources and work on more innovative projects.
up budget allows organisations to shift some of their legacy work to the cloud and invest such freed budget in IT innovation
that supports business innovation and in turn create new jobs.
"A common misconception is cloud computing is a job eliminator,
but in truth it will be a job creator - a major one," said John F Gantz, chief research officer and senior vice-president
at IDC in a statement.
The Microsoft-IDC study estimates
that the revenues from cloud innovation could reach as high as $1.1 trillion a year by 2015 from $400 billion in 2011, where
some $28 billion was spent worldwide on public cloud IT services (as compared to over $1.7 trillion of spending on total IT
products and services industry) creating 1.5 million jobs.
study predicts over two million jobs each to be generated in the communications and media and manufacturing sectors, followed
by banking at over 1.4 million. Though there is no such break-up available for the Indian market, the footprint is expected
to be more or less similar to global markets, said Ramkumar Pichai, general manager, customer and partner experience, Microsoft
On the security, privacy and regulatory-related concerns
that prevented rapid cloud adoption, he said Microsoft offered the best in class data centre security and also flexibility
to organisations to shift between private cloud, public cloud and on premises software, apart from enabling organisations
inter-operate between the three.
"We at Microsoft expect
cloud computing to emerge as the most disruptive force for technology industry and enable India to emerge as the global innovation
hub from global services hub now, apart from helping the Indian economy grow multi-fold," he told ET.
According to the Microsoft-IDC regional forecast, the US accounted for 62% of worldwide spending
for public IT cloud services last year compared to 35% of worldwide IT spending. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), a
complex mix of developed and emerging countries, has more cloud-created jobs than North America, primarily because of its
workforce, which is nearly four times as large.
Asia Pacific region, the study observed that except for a few small countries that account for only about 5% of the total
workforce, the region is dominated by two countries in terms of job creation - China and India.
As many of my blog visitors come from India, I thought it was interesting to put together a short post about the
status of cloud computing in India. It is a common consensus that India will play a important role in the growth of cloud
computing in the coming years.
This is not at all surprising as the cloud will enable much more companies, not
least SMEs, to enter the market quicker and more easily as well as benefit economically. And few countries, if any, are producing
more SMEs than India, including IT and technology companies, although several challenges still exist – like lack of
Internet access and stable electricity in some areas.
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Cloud computing growing fast in India
According to IDC, India is facing an information
explosion with digital data growing from 40.000 petabytes in 2010 to 2.3-million petabytes in 2020 – with the cloud
in the middle as Indian companies look for leveraging cost advantages.
As a testament to this development, several research analysts have published predictions on
the cloud growth in India:
to a Gartner survey, Indian companies
expect to adopt new cloud services in 2011 much faster than originally anticipated, with two-thirds of CIOs expecting the
majority of IT to be running in the cloud within the next four years.
In earlier news, IDC reported that the Indian cloud computing market would grow at a CAGR of
40 percent by 2014, and to become a $3 billion dollar market by 2015.
A study for EMC, conducted by Zinnov Management Consulting, finds that private cloud in India
will deliver up to 50% saving to Indian enterprises creating in the process 100,000 additional jobs by 2015.
Furthermore, the CEO of Zinnov claims that cloud
computing will reshape the Indian IT market by generating new opportunities for IT vendors and driving changes in traditional
not only research analysts are forecasting an impressive future for cloud computing in India, several large US companies like
Google and Symantec are already taking aggressive steps in leveraging the Indian market.
Few big names which recently
joined the Google cloud are Indian Youth Congress, Indiamart and Punj Lloyd - a large engineering and design company.
Likewise, Symantec expects that within
a year cloud computing will be blooming
in India, although many Indian executives have listed concerns over security issues in the cloud. To address this concern,
Symantec is interested in providing cloud-based security solutions specifically targeted at Indian businesses.
It is going to be very interesting to monitor the
growth of cloud computing in India in the coming months and years. Undoubtedly, will both hear of a number of US companies
making large investments in the Indian market as well as seeing some Indian firms become powerful global cloud providers.