I was exposed to the power of Cloud computing in a recent seminar by Tata Communications in Pune. There was so less of jargon and more of what business can relate to day to day work and real cost savings. Their new offerings were so practical and down to earth that any CEO would be happy to explore them for a long term and short term benefit.
Tata has created a product “Instant Apps” which refers to a suite of online apps which can be configured for your use. Nothing new when there are several hundred vendors are already offering these services in different form. However the new thing is that they are offering the complete office suite from Google to users and challenging the way IT has been working with individual desktops and individual licenses. There has been a hesitation by industry to adopt Google Docs type of online office facility, but having an assured backing and support from someone like Tata means a lot.
One of their customers, who is small in size for making an impact, did adopt the online office of Google provided through Tata and has a success story to narrate in just a few months. Things which are already expected have been made available and real. The need for expensive hardware, need to depend on just one machine, restrictions during travel and data security have all been taken care with just one of this move.
What I understood was that if companies like Tata who have complete ownership of bandwidth, storage and computing power, global footprint and partners like Google can help you completely remove the infrastructure layer from your organization to theirs at zero capex and that too highly scalable. Organizations can start working virtually and save on travel and continue focus on their core businesses rather than worry about how to manage and scale up their own infrastructure.
Cloud computing will certainly change the way computing is done today. Let us wait and see if we get more surprises.