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Driving Rapid Innovation With Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

Some enterprises have already recognized the advantages cloud economics offers and started to move their workloads, but we are only in the early stages

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APAC is forecast to outpace every other region in the world in expanding its hybrid cloud computing market over the next few years. Asian nations are now on the brink of overtaking North America, as enterprises increasingly seek to capitalize on cloud solutions to cut costs, optimize operations and drive innovation . By 2021, the cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market in India will exceed $2.1 billion in end user spending, according to Gartner .

Catalyst for cloud
What is the catalyst for this increasing focus? While the International Monetary Fund predicts strong near-term growth prospects for the region, the medium- to long-term outlook is less sunny. Global growth remains sluggish, and macroeconomic events such as China's slowdown are contributing to economic uncertainty. Set against this, businesses know they need to modernize and innovate to stay competitive, and are often trying to do so with reduced or static IT budgets. Cloud, with all its benefits, offers a solution.  

Early stages
Some enterprises have already recognized the advantages cloud economics offers and started to move their workloads, but we are only in the early stages.

Why? Some business have been concerned that moving to a cloud infrastructure model would result in performance inconsistency and that the public cloud wouldn't be as reliable as working with an on-premises system.

Data sovereignty laws have also been a major concern, particularly for mission critical systems and those organizations operating in the more heavily regulated sectors such as government, education, healthcare and financial services, in which customer privacy and industry compliance are paramount.

New arrivals
Now, numerous suppliers have released, the next-generation of enterprise infrastructure cloud solutions designed to answer the demanding performance, reliability and security needs of businesses. These range from primitive, basic but high performance compute, storage and networking capabilities, to bare metal cloud services that combine the elasticity and utility of public cloud with the granular control, security, and predictability of on-premises infrastructure to deliver high-performance, high availability and cost-effective infrastructure services. In addition, tools to help with broad base virtual machine migration and management across hybrid environments are arriving on the scene, ensuring a more seamless experience. In simple terms, a cloud that performs as well as if not significantly better than dedicated hardware, on-premises.

First steps
As enterprises begin to look to take advantage of infrastructure cloud, a good starting point is using cloud infrastructure to help reduce costs and modernize (de-risk) the business, transform development and unlock innovation, transformation and new growth.  

Here are two great examples, of how companies are using IaaS to meet their business requirements.

Modern cloud infrastructure driving increased innovation

Birlasoft, a leading information technology services company, was able to transition quickly to a modern, highly available and flexible cloud infrastructure. With Oracle's IaaS offering, Birlasoft was able to free up significant time and capital, innovate more and accelerate the growth of its core business.

Holistic cloud strategy transforming customer engagement

IFFCO e-bazar is the retail business arm of Indian Farmers Fertilizers Cooperative Limited (IFFCO). IFFCO e-bazar used a bundle of platform and infrastructure cloud solutions to enable farmers - its customers - to order fertilizers through omni-channel presence. IFFCO e-bazar was able to streamline its business processes and improve IT management, enabling a team of just six people to handle deliveries across 200 stores - a figure it aims to increase to 1000 before long.
These are just a few examples of how businesses have made the move to cloud in order to lower costs, bring about innovative transformation and stay at the leading edge of their industry. With cloud infrastructure hitting a key tipping point this year and economic uncertainty lingering on the horizon, now is the time for enterprises in India to take a deep look at enterprise-class cloud.

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Subhash Nambiar

Subash Nambiar is Vice President – Cloud Platform at Oracle India. In this role, Subash is responsible to drive increased adoption of Oracle’s cloud platform solution suite, spanning cloud-ready infrastructure, platform, database and middleware solutions.

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