Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Time to nominate and support our Ecosystem Evangelisers, go OCC BLR -- Go ...

According to Silicon India "There are over 800 startups only in Bangalore and several others across India". India's promise as the software hub and IT capital of the World is largely due to these multitude of startups that exist here and those coming up everyday. Built around these startups is a vast ecosystem that assists and nurtures these startups in their various phases. A prime example of this is the Open Coffee Club (OCC) Bangalore with whom we co-hosted the business meet centered around Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) on 8th May, 2010.

A brief history of OCC Bangalore and the driving force behind it

Essentially Open Coffee Club is a global cult for people who love startups to hang out and meet. OCC Bangalore is a strong grassroots community of aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship enthusiasts.

OCC B’lore is an inclusive community platform for everyone: aspiring / wannabe entrepreneurs; budding / early stage entrepreneurs; early stage companies; established / mature entrepreneurs; funds & investors; professionals & technologists; freelancers & consultants; designers, media folks, students and service providers to the ecosystem.

OCC B'lore is a place to meet & share with your peers; mutually solve problems & share joy; learn from those you look up-to (and with others in the ecosystem); especially with whom you are not able to reach & connect for whatever reasons such as lack of access, time, awareness, etc. OCC B'lore is also the right forum when successful entrepreneurs and such others want to give back to society and nurture the aspiring entrepreneurs of immediate tomorrow.

Vaibhav, the founder of OCC Bangalore, later joined by Amarinder, Chief Involvement Officer has created and nurtured a grass root community for entrepreneurship enthusiasts to meet and share ideas. At OCC they have created an environment for early stage entrepreneurs to validate ideas, seek co-founders, meet right service providers, build their initial teams and solve business problems along with many other opportunities.Besides creating a community of over 2000 entrepreneurship enthusiasts, Vaibhav and Amarinder has helped other cities like Kolkata, Vellore, BITS Goa and some others to start their OCC.

In an attempt to contribute to this ecosystem, WOLF has nominated OCC Bangalore for the
NASSCOM EMERGE Eco-System Evangeliser Awards 2010 - an award focussed towards identifying these type of evangelisers, who are creating a significant impact on the eco-system and award them for their contribution and innovation.

We invite you join us in supporting and cheering for Vaibhav Pandey and Amarinder Singh of OCC Bangalore for this prestigious award and for driving what is turning out to be the best decade for entrepreneurs in our country...

Best Regards,
Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist
WOLF Frameworks

NOTE: The views expressed above are purely personal and for informational purposes only. WOLF FRAMEWORKS INDIA PVT. LTD MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners

Monday, October 4, 2010

SEDS wins the Information Weeks Prestigious Silver EDGE Award 2010 for developing India's first Private UID project on WOLF Cloud Computing Platform

Reading the live tweets of the Interop Mumbai keynote I couldn’t help but think how aptly it had summarized “IT to be converging and networks going borderless”.

The second edition of the EDGE awards were hosted at Interop Mumbai from September 28th to 30th, 2010. In InformationWeek's own words Enterprises Driving Growth and Excellence (using IT) is an initiative by InformationWeek to identify, recognize and honor end-user companies in India that have demonstrated the best use of technology to solve a business problem, improve business competitiveness, and deliver quantifiable ROI to stakeholders.”

The Cloud-based Census Information Management System (CIMS) jointly developed by Social Education and Development Society (SEDS) and WOLF Frameworks was nominated by the EDGE jury as the winner of the ‘Silver EDGE’ award.

Some highlights of CIMS as noted by the EDGE jury:

- It took SEDS and WOLF Frameworks just 120 hours to design, develop and deploy India's first CIMS serving bottom-of-the-pyramid customers.

- The application stores and manages data of 250 villages, 980 self-help groups and auto-generates Unique Identification Numbers (UIDs) for more than 40,000 individuals.

Some snapshots from Interop 2010, Mumbai:

Manil Jayasena, CEO, SEDS speaks at the awards:

Manil Jayasena accepting the award:

In addition to demonstrating the innovate use of IT to serve bottom-of-the pyramid customers by one of the largest NGOs in India, the EDGE award reinforces our belief that the WOLF Platform and Cloud Computing model will play a crucial role in enhancing peoples life ......

Friday, October 1, 2010

Common Terminologies used in Cloud Computing

With so much buzz around Cloud Computing and SaaS you must be wondering about the common terms revolving around this new paradigm shift of technology. There are multiple definitions and explanations provided over the internet at your disposal. Here are some of the most common terminologies with a simple explanation of each of them for your easy understanding.

API - Application Programming Interface allows software applications to interact with other software. Requested data from another application is returned back in a predefined format and according to specific rules.

ASP - Application Service Provider; typically associated with a hosted single tenant software solution wherein a business provides computer based services to customers over a network.

Cloud Computing - Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid. It describes a new consumption and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet. Customers do not own and maintain the physical infrastructure, instead avoid capital expenditure by renting usage from a third-party provider. They consume resources as a service and pay only for resources that they use.

Cloud operating system - A computer operating system that is specially designed to run in a provider’s datacenter and can be delivered to the user over the Internet or another network. Windows Azure is an example of a cloud operating system or “cloud layer” that runs on Windows Server 2008. The term is also sometimes used to refer to cloud-based client operating systems such as Google’s Chrome OS.

Freemium – A business model, in which a SaaS provider offers basic features of its software to users free of cost and charges a premium for supplemental or advanced features.

Hosted application - An Internet-based or Web-based application software program, that runs on a remote server and can be accessed via an Internet-connected PC or thin client.

Hybrid cloud - A networking environment that includes multiple integrated internal and/or external Cloud providers.

IaaS - Infrastructure-as-a-Service refers to a combination of hosting, hardware, provisioning and basic services needed to run a SaaS or Cloud Application that is delivered on a pay-as-you-go basis. It is a virtualized environment delivered as a service over the Internet by the provider. The infrastructure can include servers, network equipment and software.

Mashup - Mashup is a web application that combines data or functionality from two or more external sources to create a new service.

Multi-tenancy - Multi-tenancy refers to software architecture where a single instance of software runs on a server, serving multiple client organizations (tenants).

PaaS - Platform-as-a-Service solutions are development platforms for which the development tool itself is hosted in the Cloud and is accessed through a browser. With PaaS, developers can build web applications without installing any tools and then they can deploy their application and services without any systems administration skills.

Pay as you go - A cost model for Cloud services that includes both subscription-based and consumption-based models, in contrast to traditional IT cost model that requires up-front capital expenditure for hardware and software.

Private Cloud - A private cloud is a proprietary network or a data center that supplies hosted services to a limited number of people.

Public Cloud - A public cloud sells services to anyone on the Internet. It is a cloud computing environment that is open for use to the general public. Currently, Amazon Web Services is the largest public cloud provider.

SaaS - Software-as-a-Service refers to multi-tenant software delivered over the internet and customers consume the product as a subscriptions service that is delivered on a pay-as-you-go basis. Applications don’t have to be purchased, installed or run on the customer’s computers.

Subscription-based pricing - A pricing model that lets customers pay a fee to use the service for a particular time period.

Vendor lock-in - Dependency on the particular cloud vendor and difficulty moving from one cloud vendor to another due to lack of standardized protocols, APIs, data structures (schema), and service models.

Virtualization - Virtualization means to create a virtual version of a device or resource, such as a server, storage device, network or even an operating system where the framework divides the resource into one or more execution environments.

Vertical Cloud - A cloud computing environment optimized for use in a particular vertical i.e., industry or application use case.

Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) - A service-oriented architecture is essentially a collection of services. These services communicate with each other. The communication can involve either simple data passing or it could involve two or more services coordinating an activity.

The next time you talk to your cloud service provider, you will be able to understand the jargon they use and decide the best solution for yourself.

NOTE: The views expressed above are purely personal and for informational purposes only. WOLF FRAMEWORKS INDIA PVT. LTD MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN THIS SUMMARY. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners