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Even those who belong to the pre-virtualization era can move to cloud because virtualization is a method that is used in cloud too, says Ravi Gururaj of Citrix

BANGALORE, INDIA: : The Indian cloud market is still nascent and growing, but Citrix knows that the future belongs to Cloud. Currently, there is massive cloud adoption but like any other technology it could just be a transition for enterprises, feels Ravi Gururaj, VP, Products and Cloud Platform, Citrix, adding, the Indian cloud market has the potential to leapfrog into cloud from virtualization or pre-virtualization era

In an interaction with Deepa Damodaran of CIOL, Ravi Gururaj speaks on various aspects of cloud, including cost, skill training and adoption rate. Excerpts:

CIOL: Enterprises are looking forward to cloud, however, many times CIOs are stuck when it comes to security, or prior investments in data centre infrastructure. What can be done to address these?

Ravi Gururaj: All these are transitional. Computer hardware has a lifespan of three years, after which it is obsolete. So, in terms of cost, infrastructure accounts for a small window of transition because when they change it, it will be cloud. This is the first transition path.

Today, some CIOs are taking the existing hardware and converting it into private clouds, but still prefer to run it in their own data centre. This is the second transition path that we see. Security is also another transitional phase.

When mobile phones were first introduced, everyone was scared about privacy and security, however, after a certain point of time they realised that it was not a threat. Similarly, once CIOs understand how secure their data is going to be on cloud, they will accept it. It is just a short transitory phase.

CIOL: However, now and again we get to hear about how clouds go offline, due to various reasons, and how users lost several business hours?

Ravi Gururaj: Cloud is not 100 per cent fail proof, however, I can guarantee that it is a lot better than the outages an internal data centre has. The only difference is that when Amazon's data centre goes down, the whole world gets to know about it through various mediums, whereas, when an internal data centre shuts down nobody comes to know of it.

If we review as to how many times a big data centre goes offline, why it happened, for how long did it go down, how many services were disrupted, did the whole network go down or was it partial - we will understand that cloud services are more reliable than a CIO's data centre.

A cloud such as Amazon's has experts, bandwidth, scale, reach and best applications so that we can do things that were not possible before, such as move workloads on the fly to any geographic location, encrypt them with the best security protocols. Cloud service providers recommend that one should not rely only on one region.

CIOL: Don't all these additional capabilities come at an extra cost?

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Deepshankar Fri Feb 15 at 02:13 PM

well, of course they will say that.

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