I was invited today for the Microsoft Cloud Services Summit which was held at Taj Land’s End, Bandra. It was a full day event . The Hall was jam packed with 500 odd delegates, mostly CIO’s and IT Pros.
The event was kicked off by Mr. Tarun Gulati, GM , Business Strategy, Marketing & Operations , Microsoft India. He spoke of 3 inflections points of Computers:
He spoke of the USD 9 billion annual investment of Microsoft on Cloud Services.
Next he spoke on why Cloud Services:
2) Speed of Innovation in IT
3) Acceptance of Software being delivered as a service.
4) Critical attributes becoming important like Information Security , Just In Time Inventory
Why Cloud Services For India:
1) We can leapfrog the legacy IT into Cloud Services just as the Mobiles did in Telephony
2) Broadband usage will triple from 2006 to 2015
3) Cloud is no longer on Horizon. Its in.
Why Microsoft for Cloud Services:
1) In past 15 years , one billion people have consumed Microsoft Cloud Services
2) Microsoft is the only vendor who plays it end to end. Others are active only in parts.
3) Microsoft is committed to flexibility eg. Private Clous, Public Cloud, mix of On Premise and Cloud Architecture
4) All products where Microsoft will innovate will have Cloud as integral part.
The next speaker was Rajan Anandan , Managing Director, Microsoft India. He spoke on “ India’s shift to the Cloud and the role of Microsoft.
Rajan spoke of 5 generations of Enterprise Computing:
1980’s Client Server
2010 Cloud Services
Each Era builds on the previous era.
Definition: Standardized IT capability delivered via Internet in pay per use model and software as a service way
3 types of Cloud Services:
Saas : Software as a Service – email, CRM
PaaS : Platform as a Service – Operating System in a Cloud
IaaS : Infrastructure as a Service
Microsoft believes that there are some fundamentals of Cloud Services :
1) It should Scale Out
2) It should have High Availability
3) Support Multi tenancy
4) Facilitate Automatic Service Management
On Top of this is Microsoft Customization:
1) Location : On Premise or offsite
2) Infrastructure : Homogenous or Heterogenous
3) Capex : Public or Own
4) Ownership : lease or rent
Large Enterprises will move to Private Cloud
Medium Enterprises will have Mixed Cloud
Small Enterprises will move to Public Cloud
Microsoft has 15 years of experience in Cloud Services via:
Windows Update Services
All products being built by Microsoft will be available on Cloud:
Saas : MS Exchange , CRM
PaaS : Windows Azure, SQL Azure
IaaS : System Centre , Dynamic Data Centre Toolkit
In India, Reliance & Netmagic offer IaaS.
Microsoft is the only Company offering all 3.
Cloud Services is here to stay as the Economics of having Private Cloud is Compelling.
In India, Microsoft has more than 11,000 seats sold and 48 Enterprise Customers using Cloud Services
Why Microsoft for Cloud Services :
1) Active in all 3 layers
2) Flexibility of On Premise or off premise
3) Enterprise Class Services
4) Across Devices
5) Ecosystem . More than 7000 partners in India and half a million Worldwide
The next speaker was Vikas Arora, Group Director , Cloud Services, Microsoft India. Azure Platform can support Microsoft and non Microsoft tools like Java, PHP, etc.
The Dynamic Data centre Toolkit can help in making the Private Cloud:
Distributed & Elastic
He introduced 3 Customers :
1) Vinod Vyas, VP, Information Systems , Lavasa
He is using Hosted MS Exchange. His only problem is to keep Internet up. Other time is spent on how we can use more applications.
2) Sanjay Kumar, GM, HCL. He runs Azure practice at HCL
He spoke of PaaS
He mentioned that ADFS allows users to authenticate with On premise Active Directory
Data can be consumed using Service Bus Implementation.
Non Critical data can be kept on Azure Table and critical data On Premise.
3) Raghavan Subramanium, AVP SET Labs, Infosys
He spoke on IaaS and How Cloud Services will shape the future of business.
In 7 years , 30% applications will be in Public Cloud and 50% will be in Private Cloud.
Regarding Security concerns, do we check if new OS is destroying our Data ? No. We trust the vendor. The same trust will come into picture for Cloud Services also.
The risk will always be balanced with convenience.
The Benefits of Cloud are:
The next speaker was Michael Barnes, VP Software & Asia Pacific Research, Springboard. An Analyst.
In Cloud, people want the service aand do not care about where, how, etc.
Definition: Collection of IT enabled resources & capabilities via Internet as a Service.
Drivers for Cloud:
2)Standardised and commoditized IT Infrastructure
CIO concerns and priorities:
1) increased Computing capacity
2) Cost savings
3) Process Improvements
4) Customer Relationships & demand generation
5) Business Continuity
Users don’t need to know their IT. They only focus on usage.
IT is the Plumbing. Applications is the value.
The afternoon session also included breakout sessions for IT Pros. All in all , a very impressive show.
with warm regards
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional
IAMCP India West – Founder President ( www.iamcp.org)