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Cloud Computing @ IEEE conference 2014


The concept around this year’s IEEE Cloud Computing for Emerging Markets conference

The conference discussions revolved around the tremendous data growth in our planet in the last couple of years as against the last 100 years. Around 81 academicians’ story lined & presented their papers on “how” adoption to public cloud can be achieved.

Sri Ananth Kumar (Parliamentarian from South Bangalore Constituency): Talked about unstructured data, and the importance of data streaming to enable public ‘Access to’ the analyzed data

Sri Ananth Kumar initiated the conference discussions with some fundamental questions on who’s data we are taking about and how it is important that the structured data reaches and benefits the communities to which it belongs. He cited the example of Banks for Below poverty line(famous BPL) program launched by the current Indian government for empowerment of underprivileged families.

He concluded that Indian government is looking for data stream processing via cloud technologies to reach out and benefit the large population in the country. He narrated the classic data streaming example in the Indian mythology when sage Vyasa dictated the whole Epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha in one go.

Sanjoy Paul, MD, Accenture Technology Labs, India: covered the Challenges and Opportunities for Accenture in migrating to cloud

  Dr. Sanjoy Paul talked about Extreme Agility; Extreme Scalability; Extreme Architecture and Extreme Security in cloud computing. He explained how Accenture is using the three aspects of service (Iaas – Infrastructure as service; Saas – Application as service and Paas – Platform as a service) to  migrate  legacy apps to cloud platform.  He also touched upon how Accenture covers the migration via the architectural details on Nested calls   traversing, multiple  nodes, patterns and anti-patterns. The concept of how Data via ACID migration and Security aspects in cloud was depicted nicely

Karthikeyan Rajasekharan, Technical Architect, Cloud Platform, Google, Singapore answered the questions around : Is the massive data handling in Cloud a reality and how Google is leveraging Cloud Computing.

Karthikeyan talked on how speed and agility in innovation matters and how Google’s new innovations in containers, Docker, Kubernetes, the cloud system, Google fibers, power grid slabs, etc. are helping the company to leverage cloud computing. He answered questions on how retail companies store data and about Google’s mantra of 20% Fix & Fiddle, 80% next thinking in leading innovation.

Nayaki Nayyar, SVP, Cloud for Customer Business Solution, SAP (USA): How can I engage my customers in Cloud?

Nayaki Nayyar mesmerized the conference attendees with a talk on “Enabling New Customer Engagement Models with the Cloud”. She answered all the questions on how various CRM channels connect to each other to engage customers via cloud. She showcased Virtual videos vs Actual videos, via the various Customers’ Touch points. Her demos showcased a scenario of how the Mobile customers are switching from T-Mobile to AT&T, where in the CEO  himself comes to chat in twitter to the end consumer. The 3 multi-channel to omni channel scenario demo was very impressive. She talked about the amazing experience on how industry leaders such as Nespresso, Burberry & Manufacturing and Grainger using SAP cloud implementations. Nayaki concluded with Eye-of-Storm in technology innovation consisting of: Social, Mobile & Business Dashboard.

Srikanth Narasimha, Distinguished Engineer, Cloud and Networking Services, Cisco, India:  Cisco’s use cases in transforming into a cloud company?

Srikanth explained some use cases and architecture that Cisco is adopting to facilitate the transformation into a cloud company.

Deepak Visweswariah, Managing Director, NetApp, India: Making Sense of the Cloud

Deepak touched upon how Netapp is “demystying the cloud” and the “Megraj” e-governance project in India that has been rolled out to 22 states and 1.3 billion Indians. The challenge for Netapp is to make this e-governance journey smooth. He also emphasized on Cloud Architectures and how it is important to do a transformational, balanced move of the data into Private, Public & Hybrid cloud models.

Ganesh Raja, Solutions Architect, Amazon Internet Services, India: Managing your infrastructure in Cloud?

This keynote talk was truly rocking. He focused on how the cloud has soon to be a utility business, that is, ‘pay for what you use’ concept. He touched upon how to identify and shoot down aged servers and how architecture supports us with Autoscalling, TAGS instead of DNS and automating infrastructure with host based configuration management. Service repository is the fundamental piece of SOA which is purely an open source phenomenon. So “let is go” of the servers and come out of the old school of thought of having finite resource constraints.

Cloud computing and its influence on the upcoming “internet of Things (IoT)”

Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things presented by Mr. Ashok Waran, Vice President, HP India Software Operations. The idea is around connected devices; 89% of the things will be connected in new decade. There are 50 billion things, considering me and myself as a Thing! His use case is of how a “Printer” can be working in the IoT world. It consists of changing the Product; Architecture & Process. HP Bangalore for the first time combined dev & ops with agile to achieve 40million things into IoT. HP is planning to have more of commercializing with IoT. There was a quote about “Chrome book” which is an example for a browser based model which is already successful with IoT. The architecture standards here are emerging in accordance with IoT, QALCOM etc. But all these standards have pending certification process from IEEE.

Chidambaram Kollengode, Director, Cloud Computing, Nokia : Nokia’s success story with Hadoop on Cloud

Chidambaram presented the Hadoop on Cloud success story for Nokia touching upon topics like Data on the go, Managed platform vs individual Hadoop Islands which were silos once. The success is based on consolidating the data democratically.

Notable Indian Startups in the cloud business?

Few selected startup companies showcased their products on how they make use of cloud technologies to be in the IT business..

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The Beast Apps (formerly Vyapar) provides a cloud based Financial App Store to the global financial community at large.

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With a vision to democratize Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) solutions at affordable rates. The startup aims to provide GRC solutions to growth markets like India and Africa.

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FYIACT is your personalized corporate alert and message app!

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InstaSafe offers reliable, scalable and cost effective private cloud networks.

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Green Cosmos, has developed the Real-Time Energy Analytics software, RealNatics 1.0″ Powered by SAP HANA

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Manjrasoft Pty Ltd is an innovative provider of choice for application acceleration services and solutions over Cloud

Panel Discussion:  Can Emerging Markets like India really take on world leadership in Cloud Computing?

Chaired by Dr. Charles Despins, President of Prompt-Quebec and Professor at INRS-EMT, Canada. The Panelists included

The discussion centered on why and how India should lead service innovation in the cloud space. The panelists also talked about Cloud computing ecosystem( companies moving on to support IoT ., Mobile, Sensor are all eco systems around that, huge market and a large democracy) and  Intellectual property (why it is not easy to get an IP for cloud computing in India unlike in North America, Europe and China). They emphasized that change in mindset is the need of hour.

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      Author's profile photo Maribel Young
      Maribel Young

      Nice summary!  Thanks for sharing. 🙂