Friday, September 14, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, September 14, 2012

A majority of Indian start-ups in 2012 catered to individual customers, with most entrepreneurs adopting mobile and cloud computing technologies to build their businesses, according to a study by—an online platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The “State of Indian Tech Start-ups” survey was based on responses from more than 400 enterprises across six cities—Ahmedabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.

The start-ups had to be at least four years old and have a product business in place besides having feedback from customers to qualify for the survey.

Source: Live Mint
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Cloud computing passing many small firms, MYOB survey finds

FEW small businesses are taking advantage of cloud computing technology, but many who do say they have seen their revenues rise in the past year, a new study has found. A survey commissioned by business software provider MYOB found that 79 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) did not use cloud technology, only 14 per cent said they did, while others did not know. Cloud computing allows access to a shared pool of programs and sites, usually via the internet, as opposed to using an individual computer software. The survey of more than 1000 SMEs found that 53 per cent of those who use cloud computing were more likely to have seen a revenue rise in the past year. "The advantages of using cloud computing for business came through loud and clear," MYOB chief executive Tim Reed said when releasing the findings.

NIIT, Microsoft partner to offer cloud computing

The education provider NIIT today said it has signed a pact with Microsoft Corporation to make available one lakh cloud-ready professionals over the next three years. As per the alliance, NIIT will offer new programmes in cloud and emerging technologies in association with Microsoft. "We will work alongside Microsoft and launch programmes mapped to the wave of new cloud technologies that Microsoft is poised to release worldwide," NIIT Limited Chief Executive (Career Building Solutions) G Raghavan told reporters here. He said NIIT will offer three kinds of programmes, including long duration GNIIT programme on cloud campus, diploma programme and shorter duration technology skill enhancer programme.

Cloud computing unveiled

Twenty Third Century Systems CEO Ellman Chanakira said cloud computing service would enable Zimbabwe customers to access critical business management data for efficient and effective functioning at affordable cost. Cloud computing is the use of computing resources — hardware and software — that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). Chanakira said traditionally, companies have to invest in ICT at a huge cost. He said cloud computing service presented an alternative low cost model and eliminates the need for upfront financial investment in ICT services.

Top 10 PaaS Trends of the Next Five Years

IT research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan recently predicted that the platform as a service (PaaS) market will be the next area of keen competition for cloud innovators because the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) spaces have been commoditized. As most software available from the cloud is standardized, enterprises are looking to leverage PaaS offerings as it will be the only stack where a service provider can create differentiation. For the record, PaaS is a category of cloud computing services that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service for enterprises. Along with SaaS and IaaS, PaaS is a fast-growing service model of cloud computing. In this model, the PaaS customer creates the software using tools and libraries from the provider. The customer also controls software deployment and configuration settings. The provider delivers the networks, servers and storage. PaaS offerings facilitate the deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software. Various types of PaaS vendor offerings are extensive and include the application hosting, development, testing and deployment environment, along with extensive integrated services that consist of scalability, maintenance and versioning. In this slide show, an expert on PaaS, ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland, offered eWEEK readers a look at what he sees coming in the cloud marketplace over the next few years. ActiveState makes the Komodo integrated development environment (IDE) for cloud development.

We hope these short sum-ups on Cloud Computing are helping you to take a knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming week.

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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