The gold standard definition of Cloud Computing comes from NIST in the U.S. and is as follows: “Cloud Computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
The business value of cloud computing is growing rapidly—driving down costs and driving up convenience and flexibility. Also the ability to locate compute and storage resources wherever it makes best sense—cheaper power, easier cooling or even lower cost of maintenance manpower makes it a powerful idea for reducing cost. Cloud services need high bandwidth connections at local, national and international levels and will become a powerful stimulus to increase bandwidth at every layer.
Indian IT applications, whether for revenue generation or internal platforms, can reap many benefits from this technology. Moreover our large software services industry will see major revenue opportunities.
IT penetration and realization of benefits of IT in various walks of life in India—be it economic or social—can be accelerated by cloud computing, especially when it is combined with mobile, applications for educations, health, employment, finance and the like, and pervasive networks. In fact, domestic economy can hope to see measurable gains as a result of accelerated efficiencies realizable through rapid scaling, economics, and innovation at multiple levels.
I hope that India becomes a leading innovator in the cloud technology—generating new ideas, building IP, hosting cloud platforms, and starting innovative companies.
I wish CCICI every success in driving all aspects of Cloud Computing in our country. My dream is that India should lead the world in this new frontier!
Professor - Emeritus, Stanford University