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Cloud Summit 2012-"Enabling the Cloud Revolution"
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  • The Government is evolving a policy framework for cloud computing to address concerns as well as drive the cloud revolution. The Minister of Communications & IT, Mr Kapil Sibal, described cloud computing as "a fine economic solution in a complex knowledge economy" while inaugurating the 2012 Cloud Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • The Minister suggested that the focus could be on SMEs and the starting point could be clusters, which have commonality of purpose and vision. 
  • On the occasion, Mr Sibal also released the CII White Paper on 'The Indian Cloud Revolution', saying that "India was still in the process of evolving appropriate architecture to take advantage of the possible revolution."
  • CERT Director-General Dr Gulshan Rai pointed out that concerns of privacy, security, compliance and vigilance with regard to cloud arose because of the absence of physical infrastructure at the user-end. He suggested that an alliance on the lines of the US-based Cloud Security Alliance be set up in India to answer all issues and concerns. He stressed on the need for setting up a framework for data sharing
  • Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President-Designate, CII, discussed the rights of various stakeholders on the cloud and called for policies and rules regarding the use of resources on the cloud. He hoped the recommendations contained in the CII White Paper would help in bringing clarity on the various issues.
  • "Data is the new currency," said Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom and Broadband, adding that it therefore maybe appropriate to look at banking analogies to address security and privacy concerns on the cloud. For SMEs, the cloud posited exciting opportunities for low cost technology solutions and clusters need no longer be bound by geographical considerations, he said.
  • Infosys CEO & MD, Mr S D Shibulal highlighted the amount of integration the cloud can deliver as also its immense functionality.
 
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Cloud Summit 2012 'Enabling the cloud revolution', aims to bring users, providers and experts of cloud at one platform. The proposed dialogue is to lead us in our endeavor to utilize cloud computing technology towards inclusive growth.

 

The Information Technology (IT) industry across the world has been transformed by arrival of Cloud computing technologies. It has not only shifted the paradigm in delivery of IT services but also altered revenue models for service providers.

 

In India - where reaching the masses is a challenge - the Cloud can have an all encompassing effect on providing a variety of services to the common population. Enabled by IT and riding on the back of an ever expanding telecommunications network, the Cloud can herald a myriad of solutions ranging from enablement of tele-medicine, setting up of remote-classrooms, creation of national citizen health and

skills databases and creation of a new Cloud based services industry for generating employment. In specific, Cloud based services can be leveraged by the Government to launch new eGovernance initiatives quicker and with lesser cost overheads. A common Cloud platform will also enable local Governments and other public agencies to adopt eGovernance for better citizen services, without requiring setting up significant IT infrastructure.

 

The Cloud also presents an opportunity to India's IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) sector by opening up a new avenue of providing Cloud based services to global organizations ranging from Software as a Service (SaaS) based application services, provide remote testing and prototyping services in addition to remote application hosting services such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

 

The Cloud by pooling of resources presents multiple advantages to participants of the ecosystem. For service providers, this enables better utilization of computing resources and on the other hand this enables user organizations to pay by usage and hence reduce overall costs. Features such as quick provisioning and unlimited scaling can enable organization to utilize IT resources earlier not possible due to constraints on set-up costs. Most importantly, this makes IT provisioning feasible for small projects and occasional demands catalyzing a culture of experimentation and risk taking in startups and large organizations equally.

 

However, adoption of Cloud by Indian entities - industry and citizens - has repercussions in terms of data belonging to these Indian entities potentially being stored outside the country and hence losing any legal protection offered by Indian laws. Thus, while on one hand the Cloud promises to change the way Indian businesses and Government leverage technology to their benefit, on the other hand it also presents challenges relating to security and privacy of information.

 

Hence, a comprehensive policy for adoption of Cloud in India is the need of the hour. It is important for all stakeholders in India to understand the implications of this disruptive technology and harness it for the good of the nation.

 

CII has prepared a Whitepaper on 'The Indian Cloud Revolution' and will be launched by Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & Information Technology and HRD, Government of India on 4 July 2012 at the Cloud Summit. You may download the Whitepaper from http://www.cii.in/cloudreport

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Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITeS and E-Commerce and Chairman, Microsoft India delivering welcome remarks at the Inaugural Session of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr S Gopalakrishnan, President-Designate, Confederation of Indian Industry delivering theme address at the Inaugural Session of the Cloud Summit 2012 held on 4 July 2012.
Launch of the CII Whitepaper "The Indian Cloud Revolution" at the Inaugural Session of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & Information Technology and HRD, Government of India delivering inaugural address at the Inaugural Session of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr S D Shibulal, Co-Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITeS and E-Commerce and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys Limited delivering concluding remarks at the Inaugural Session of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Session Moderator Mr Suhaan Mukerji, Partner, Amarchand Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff and Company delivering opening remarks at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Dr Gulshan Rai, Director General, I-CERT General, I-CERT and GC (Cyber Laws Group Formulation & Enforcement Division), Department of Information Technology delivering special address at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr Kiran Karnik, Chairman, CII National Committee on Telecom and Broadband addressing at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
BSA Global Cloud Readiness Report and Index-A blue print for economic opportunity by Ms Lizum Mishra, India Director, Business Software Alliance
Panelist Mr A Sethuraman, Executive Director, Huawei Telecommunications Limited addressing at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Panelist Mr Amit Sinha Roy, Vice President-Strategy & Mktg for Global Enterprise Solutions Business, Tata Communications Limited addressing at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Creating a Conducive Policy Environment - Presentation by Dr Chandan Chowdhury, Managing Director, Dassault Systemes India
Panel Discussion at the Session-1: "Creating a Conducive Policy Environment" of the Cloud Summit 2012.
Creating a Conducive Policy Environment - An Open House Discussion
Session Moderator Mr Nitin Khanapurkar, Partner, Management Consulting, KPMG India delivering opening remarks at the Session 2: "Realizing the opportunities-User’s Perspective" Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr Rajesh Uppal, Chief General Manager (IT) and Chief Information Officer, Maruti Suzuki India Limited at the Session 2: "Realizing the opportunities-User’s Perspective" Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr Rameesh Kailasam, VP-Government Programs, India & South Asia, IBM India addressing at the Session 2: "Realizing the opportunities-User’s Perspective" Cloud Summit 2012.
Enabling the Indian Cloud Revolution by Mr Vikas Gupta, Vice President & Head Cloud Initiatives, Tech Mahindra Limited
Panel Discussion at the Session 2: "Realizing the opportunities-User’s Perspective" Cloud Summit 2012.
Realizing the opportunities-User’s Perspective - An Open House Discussion
Session Chairman & Moderator Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITeS & E-Commerce and Chairman, Microsoft India delivering opening remarks at the Session 3: "CEOs Panel - Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India" Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr S D Shibulal, Co-Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITeS and E-Commerce and Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Infosys Limited adderssing at the Session 3: "CEOs Panel - Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India" Cloud Summit 2012.
Mr Sameer Garde, President and Managing Director, Dell India addressing at the Session 3: "CEOs Panel - Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India" Cloud Summit 2012.
Computing by Dr Anand Deshpande, Founder and Managing Director, Persistent Systems
Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India by Mr Raman Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Quatrro Global Services Private Limited
Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India - An Open House Discussion
Session Chairman & Moderator Mr Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, CII National Committee on IT, ITeS & E-Commerce and Chairman, Microsoft India delivering concluding remarks at the Session 3: "CEOs Panel - Implementing the Cloud Roadmap for India" Cloud Summit 2012.
 
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