Cloud Computing in India: What Lies Ahead

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Businesses and services have been increasingly going virtual. The Covid-19 pandemic further bolstered online presence for businesses. This has led to the formation of immense data, requiring security and maintenance paving the way for cloud computing services to become an integral part of everyone’s life. Read on to see the potential for cloud computing in India in the post-Covid era.

Scalability issues, excessive power consumption, connectivity, and latency are some of the many factors that are driving the demand for a revamped edge and cloud infrastructure. Aiding essential computing, storage, and connectivity has led to the emergence of cloud computing. Allowing big data management remotely on the back of artificial intelligence and robust digital infrastructure, the cloud has started becoming an integral part of our lives, be it for individuals or enterprises.

India too threw its hat in the ring of cloud computing, seeing its immense potential a little ahead of the recent pandemic. The Covid-19 crisis further bolstered the application of the cloud for the government and various enterprises to provide XaaS (‘anything’ as a service) with the help of cloud computing. In a report titled “Cloud Infrastructure Market in India 2021” by Research and Markets, the Cloud Infrastructure Market in India was valued at INR 301.40 bn in 2020 and is deemed to grow at a CAGR of 29% through 2021 – 2025, increasing to INR 1,169.23 bn in value by 2025. Several factors including the government’s aim to digitize India, the rising demand for improved infrastructure, and the economic benefits of cloud computing have accelerated its adoption in India.

How India sought cloud computing’s benefit during the covid times?

An ideal example of successful cloud computing used by the Government of India is the covid cloud initiatives including Aarogya Setu, CoWin, and Covid-19 Data Repository. The initiative ensured authorities with streamlined access to data of nationwide active caseload, vaccination information of individuals, and personal health check information, etc., in a bid to tackle the wrath of the pandemic in the country strategically. Seeing the potential posed by cloud computing, the Government of India unveiled its cloud computing initiative – Meghraj – that focuses to accelerate the delivery of e-services in the country while optimizing the information and communications technology (ICT) spending of the Government. Moreover, the government is investing in the development of National and State Service Delivery Gateways, AIRAWAT, TechSaksham, and several other initiatives to enable the government to carry out various common citizen benefiting activities through cloud computing.

Tech giants in the country have also shown an increase in demand for cloud-skilled talent given its plethora of complex opportunities in a cost-effective and infrastructure-friendly environment. The International Data Corporation (IDC) reported that 60-70% of the IT sector companies and almost 70% of all infrastructure, products, and applications have started using the cloud leading to excessive demand for cloud computing engineers in India in the last few years. While the global market size of the cloud computing domain is anticipated to grow in value to $927.51 bn by 2027, Southeast Asian developing countries like India play a vital role in making Asia-Pacific a key region in putting forth cloud computing services. 

Is India equipped with robust cloud computing infra? 

The new cloud era will be about having near-real-time cloud computing capabilities, enabling both consumers and enterprises to access relevant data seamlessly. This requires leveraging high bandwidth combined with reduced latency benefits provided by edge clouds. All these benefits combine to solve the centralized cloud deployment challenges seen today.

At STL we believe that the networks of the future will be built in a fundamentally different way by bringing together four specialized technological confluences: wired and wireless, software and hardware, connectivity and compute, and open-source – all at the edge of the network.

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