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Indian IT firms shift focus towards cloud

In a survey by E&Y titled ‘Cloud adoption in India-Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)’, over 72 percent of the Indian IT infrastructure firms surveyed said they will adopt cloud computing in a big way over the next 2-3 years.

“We have seen significant interest in the potential of IaaS for the Indian market across industry segments. Virtualisation, often seen as the first step, has begun to be more widely implemented across data centres,” E&Y Partner (Technology Advisory Practice) Milan Sheth said.

About 92 per cent of the India CIOs surveyed were inclined to buy cloud services from data centre service providers and IT systems integrators. Indian cloud computing market is expected to touch $1.08 billion by 2015, from the current $110 million, according to Zinnov Management Consulting.

“With high awareness levels and the positive perception of cloud indicate a market that will see robust growth rate in the next two years,” Sheth said. Lack of ecosystem maturity, customer awareness of services and connectivity would be major challenges for adoption of cloud IaaS in India, the study said.

Security of data remains a concern for the companies since the data is not hosted on their own servers. About 72 per cent of the respondents cited data privacy and security issues as a concern area for their business while adopting cloud computing services.

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