Will Indian govt. log into cloud computing?
Bangalore: Following the switch to cloud computing by several enterprises around the globe, many feel that it is time now for the governments to shift some of its applications to the cloud, which can also cut its carbon footprint by reducing the number of datacenters. "Though the administrators in India are trying to implement cloud computing in e-governance, a more holistic approach is needed for it to emerge as a leader in the space," says Seema Ambastha, Director - Technology, VMware Software India. According to Seema, the government is making headway into the cloud computing space by conducting various awareness programs for its IT departments. "Several government officials whom I met are very interested in shifting to the cloud," she adds. The same view is shared by Jeremy Cooper Salesforce.com's APAC Regional Marketing Vice President, who says, "Though the adoption of cloud computing in India has been relatively slow, government agencies are now seriously started thinking about it." Cooper also mentions how governments in U.S, Australia and Singapore have been using the cloud in the last few years. Both VMware and Salesforce.com are bullish on the Indian market and are planning to cash in on the abundant opportunity in the country. Recently, the two major players in cloud computing announced a partnership to jointly deliver, sell and support a new enterprise Java cloud called VMforce. According to Seema, using VMforce the more than six million enterprise Java developers, including the over two million developers using the Spring framework backed by the SpringSource division of VMware, will have an open path to cloud computing. According to Cooper, using this new technology CIOs and IT departments will be able to leverage their existing programming skills and investments in Java applications, and take full advantage of the Force.com platform to build Cloud 2 enterprise applications that are social and work on any mobile device in real-time. As part of its Cloud 2 enterprise applications, Salesforce.com will be launching a new service called Chatter next week, which would help companies collaborate better using the cloud.