TCS, Infosys, Wipro in Microsoft's cloud vision

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 28 May 2010, 07:35 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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New Delhi: Microsoft's azure cloud platform found its desired base in India which brought up its hopes to cloud nine. The chief executive Steve Ballmer views that cloud computing will open new doors for IT engineers,reports Sreejiraj Eluvangal of DNA.

With employees up to 1,000,000 in the IT software and services cloud is bound to affect their important task of deploying and managing on-premise software.

The Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said, "According to a survey by an associate, cloud computing has the potential to create 300,000 new jobs in the country over the next five years.". Microsoft has the highest enrollment numbers for any cloud platform in the country. It has around 250 partners which includes Cognizant, Wipro, Infosys and TCS, and has around 4,700 applications built on its cloud platform.

In the last six months Microsoft has improved its cloud strategy when others still struggle to make a place in the new world. The operating system for Microsoft will run on several computers rather than one. The mega OS called azure can be used by anyone.

Once 'Azure' has been spread on a swarm of computers (servers) to create, a 'cloud', the partners like TCS and Wipro can then write their own applications to run on this azure cloud.

Partners like Wipro will have to pay Google a combined fee for both the underlying infrastructure (servers) as well as the 'OS', preventing them from fully 'owning' their customers. Microsoft too, will offer its own fully formed cloud in case someone wants to just write an application and launch it, instead of setting up his own 'cloud' from scratch.

Microsoft realizes that its success depends on the number of developers and companies that write applications to run on its cloud OS,azure.Thus, the company's aims to win over small developers and software companies through events like the ISV day.

With cloud, Ballmer points out, all that a software firm has to do is to write the software and put it on any of the big clouds. Any prospective client can simply click on a button to test the application, without having to download or install it on their own computers. Being visible on the cloud 'marketplaces' helps in solving the issue of marketing their product.

Ballmer said "With cloud, they get the chance to create software products that can be exported on a global basis. The chance for that to happen without quite the same need for a global infrastructure of sales and marketing people will be fantastic."

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