• News
  • Columns
  • Interviews
  • BW Communities
  • Events
  • BW TV
  • Subscribe to Print
  • Editorial Calendar 19-20
BW Businessworld

BW NetAPP Digital India Cloud Summit 2019

BW Businessworld together with NetApp hosted a Digital India Cloud Summit at The Taj ManSingh.

Photo Credit :


Ever since the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) set a mandate of digitally transforming the nation towards accuracy, automation and excellence, India has permuted dramatically over the years in innovation, tech-implementation and adaptation. It has not only impacted domains with excellence and precision but also has laid down an impression for the way forward with integration and detailed development take over.

In a situation as harnessing as this, BW Businessworld together with NetApp hosted a Digital India Cloud Summit at The Taj ManSingh, New Delhi. The conclave was a congregation of superior speakers from both government and enterprise business who are not only domain experts but has been pioneers in setting trends in the Cloud Governance business industry.

A detailed coverage below:

Innaugural: The Power of cloud be harnessed to expand citizen touch-points, foster innovation and optimize IT operations.

Dr. Anurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, BW Businessworld and Exchange4Media (Welcome Note): it is my honour to welcome you all in a joint initiative of BW Businessworld and NetApp, The Digital India Cloud Summit, 2019. Technology is drastically changing the way that we are living in and is doing business. A decade back, a thought about cloud would only strike to the factor how agriculture would do in our country in the monsoons. Today, India is the fastest enabler of technology and is making giant strides with help of cloud technology. Technology is an enabler of solving lots of problems and opportunities in the governance domain. The investments in technology by various stake-holders in governance is expected to rise by multiple folds and is expected to grow further in leaps and bounds. Every year of governance, including citizen-centric interfaces from across domains like, travel, healthcare in rural areas, land records- governance, cloud and technology has become synonymous with delivering the right kind of experience for government-led services.

Mr. Ramanujam Komanduri, Regional Director, NetApp: Today, cloud has become a buzz word, not only in the industry but is also something, the government is looking forward to. There are several reasons, as to why this is trending- cloud certainly enables accessibility at the farthest corner of the country, primarily, because network nowadays is not too much of a challenge. Secondly, most new applications being developed by start-ups are actually developed on cloud platform. As a matter of fact data users today are able to utilise their data resources more by enabling cloud platform. Today customers and end-users are given multiple choice for better experiences on cloud platform, on which the application and service industry runs.

Abhishek Singh, CEO & President, national e-Governance Division (NeGD) and CEO, MyGov: Even a decade earlier, e-Governance used to be a mystifying word that meant for good in citizen’s mind, but nobody had a clear idea about how to make it happen. Way back in 2006 when the national e- Governance plan was conceptualised and implemented, which laid down the core IT infrastructure, with regards to public services that exists today, whether it was a data centre which was laid across the country or the national data centre or the State Wide Area Networks (SWAN) which are connected with the block head-quarters, district head-quarters and the state head-quarters or the common service centres, which became the front-end of service delivery in the rural areas. The biggest challenge felt was accessibility to citizens.

We have also built something called DigiLocker, which was mainly a NeGD initiative, which allows an individual to safely store documents which are of prime use for future references, like educational certificates and others. About 26 school boards are already in DigiLocker and we are in the process of ensuring it to a National Academic Depository. With this, it empowers our citizens to have their document in safety, without having all such important documents with him in physicality.

Another wonderful platform that we have created is the GeM, the Government e-Market Place, because in many IT projects it has been observed that procurement has been a severe challenge, like very often the departments didn’t have the where-with-all to write a RFP or do a contracting or tendering process and sometimes it used to take a lot of time. The Government e-Market place which has been built-up has enabled government departments to quickly take their procurement decisions. Lastly, Digital India has come a long way since its inception, indicating great permutation so long, and will require both the industry and government to work hand-in-hand, to bring in great innovations in the days to come.

Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Principal Commissioner, Delhi Development Authority: During my previous tryst with Women and Child Development department in Delhi, ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ was launched on 8 th March of 2018 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and was approved on 30 th November, 2017 is the largest m-Health platform in the world, as on death. Last year, when Mr. Bill Gates was here, he was evaluating the evolution of ICDS, Common application Software, which is a Mobile App. Because, they have begun their journey in the same sphere, way back in 2010-11 in four blocks in Saharsa and as a client or a customer, I kept on demanding for more elaborate solutions, wherein Mr. Gates navigated through the software for almost three hours.

This is a single app, which has Big Data in itself, features of Predictive Analysis, it is a job App tool, it is a service Delivery and a monitoring tool and it also has Rudimentary Artificial Intelligence (AI) component. ICDS common application software is an Integrated Channel Development Services for Child Nutrition and Health and it converges with the health field functions like Asha, AnM, with which the Government department reach out to each and every citizens that the institutional deliveries, immunizations and deworming, iron supplementation and complementary feeding are taken care off for people of all strata of the society.

To strengthen the data above, I must mention that 38.4 per cent children in our country are stunt, as per Anapatheus 2015-16, which indicates almost 38.4 per cent children are handicap born and about 10 to 15 per cent IQ loss. When we talk about democratic dividend, we cannot afford to have a country with an average IQ of 82 per cent, 55 per cent women are anaemic and about 60 per cent children anaemic. We need to have people with good oxygen carrying capacity, who are strong, healthy, taller and with sharper IQ; and here is where the Poshan Abhiyan and ICDS Common Application Software, comes into picture.

Technology Session By Netapp and TCL: Hybrid Muti-Cloud Experience

Keerthiwas Neelkantan, Director, NextGen DataCentre and Cloud, for India and SAARC Operations, NetAPP 

In today’s generation, we have a dictum which says that we cannot escape taxes and ‘Cloud’. Information Technology over the last 40 or 50 years has led to a lot of commoditization of services and that commoditization has lent itself very well to the Clouds. The interesting facet about cloud is that the promise is great only if one knows how to navigate it and harness its power. The governments largely across the world are warming up extraordinarily well through clouds. Essentially, there are three kinds of services, namely, G2C (Government to Citizens), G2B (Government to Business) for the services run for businesses at large, and finally Government to Government (G2G) which has already been happening for many years, which for the IT services is the first one to take from block framework.

Essentially at NetApp we are trying to offer the same experience and richness, the simplicity and ease of use of how clouds can be consumed for all these three kinds of services, taking into consideration that data must be secured, it should be available on demand and some of the new services that can be launched, especially AI that can be deployed. Business acceleration is a necessity with cloud application for any business. Today apps on mobile phones happen to be user friendly with a nice glitzy interface and that is the same manner they expect any other tech component to appear as well.

NetApp’s role is effectively to ensure customers, including government on effectively harness the data and the ability to harness multiple clouds. In on-prem performances the challenge of unlimited capacity and performance is not there, but whenever one wants, he or she can burst into the cloud service, run the service and bring it back. At NetApp we have a very large development centre in Bangalore, which has nearly 2000 to 3000 engineers, wherein at any point in time we run 60000 virtual machines; because it is fairly large complicated development process, which we interoperate with two other development teams, namely North Caroline in USA and the other in Honeywell in the Bay area. Every day we create and destroy over 20000 VM’s.

Kishan Parmar, Cloud Consultant, NetApp: NetApp cloud Centre is a one stop place, where all the cloud services which are offered by NetApp. Having logged into this portal we will be able to get a working environment, with different options or tabs, which enables us to establish a connection between our on-prem storage system and AWS. The overall architecture of this solution also ensures you that you can use your profanities across your hyper-scalers and your state-ful data can move across any hyper-scalers, without even worrying about what is happening beneath the underlying hardware.

Transforming Governance with Cloud

Shri Sanjay Goel, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Government of India: In my department, in the ministry of electronics and IT, I am responsible for proliferation of clouds in government departments and for government use. We have been working with quite some fervour for the past couple of years and have been able to cross some milestones. Fifteen years back, when MeitY took responsibility for the digital transformation of our nation’s governance, there was nothing digital about the governance of our country. At that point of time we were saddled with the humongous task of rolling out the Digital program. Lot of IT infrastructures were built, wherein the states where funded for datacentres, the networks were created and so on. However, in today’s situation, majority of the largest state do not need any hand-holding. They are not only empowered with knowledge base, but are also progressing in the right earnest, thus hosting their own programs.

Change is the name of the game, and so it is happening in the IT world, where we made significant progress from IT infrastructure to tech innovation which are finding their application in almost all domains of operations, to that extent, that we started the Cloud First policy by the Government of India, through which all applications that are coming up are hosted on cloud today. The first government Cloud platform is called ‘Meghraj’, wherein initially Meghraj consisted of only NIC cloud, because at that point of time NIC was the only one which was virtualising machines. However, today we have been able to rope in private sector participation and we have 12 private sector entities which have been empanelled for extending cloud services to the government, with the conditionality of the government attached to it.

Shri Luv Aggrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India: The healthcare system in India is one of the largest and most complex factors. We deliver services to almost 1.3 billion people across all variety of geography, with different type of socio-economic settings. The commitment which is given to people as a part of the mandate which is there is to ensure universal healthcare coverage and to ensure healthcare which is provided are both affordable, accessible and equitable; and this is where we get an assurance that the technology isthe lowest hanging fruit for our target mandates to be set in right format. In order to leverage these technologies, Digital Health, we have actually been rolling out large scale IT initiatives, which includes mother and child tracking system, which is an application software which is to impact maternal and child health benefits across geography and demographics. In last seven years, 140 million women facilitated their pregnancy related facilities have been monitored and provided through this application. About 32 epidemic diseases get monitored and prescribed based on tendencies on location basis, type and others, through this application by MoHFW.

Dr. K R Muralimohan, Mission Director, NMICBS & Head, ICBS, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India: The mandate of Science and Technology is to fundamentally promote research or nurturing research and development. As far as cloud is concerned the department of science and technology has a clientele base of researchers, scientists, students and technology professionals. Therefore, to meet the demands of our clientele base what we have rolled out is the National Super-Computing Computation Cloud, which are high-performance cloud for the brood computational power and storage. This project has been accomplished two years back and almost 500 crores have been pumped into it, which both DST and MeitY is combined working on and will be up live by another six months. There are two initiations from the government on Artificial Intelligence, one is the implementation of National Mission of interdisciplinary cyber physical systems wherein, the cyber world can interact with the physical world. The implementation of this mission has already started and we are coming up with 25 technology hubs across the country.

Thirdly, we are also working on development of Quantum Technology- Quantum Communication, Quantum Competition and Quantum key distribution which are indicated to know the upcoming fields and we are already up on pilot basis and will soon come up with mission projects on a larger scale.

Shri Golok Kumar Shimla, CTO, Passport Seva Project, Ministry of External Affairs: Since the day, Government of India, started defining the core infrastructure, front-end delivery centres, submission mode applications and there on to our journey till today, even before the times and amazing technologies like cloud, AI and others; one has to evolve, emerge, mature and then adapt to all the technologies. Typically saying, when we started our journey at Passport Seva Kendra in the year 2010, it took almost two years to establish this kind of enterprise application. When we started our journey of passport in 2010, the volume of passport was around 50 lakhs per annum, in comparison to 1.3 crores of people per annum without even expending one man power from the government side. As a matter of fact government manpower declined from 2700 to 2500 in these years, even though the volume of government service delivery increased dramatically. To manage this humongous work procedure, that kind of ecosystem was created on a PPP mode. Even while working on the PPP mode, we had the apprehension about the security issue being at stake besides, whether the business model was sustainable enough without even expending the bare minimum from the government side.

Whenever we are attempting towards cloud we must take care that the cloud interface or the cloud platform is continuously available for evolvement. Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that whenever we are attempting to cloud, private or public, the management console, globally, has to be very uniform and it has to be a single console and should be thoroughly managed.

Shri Parag Amalekar, Director, Marketing, NetApp India: We at NetApp, globally are a great proponent of CloudNet of Cloud first model. As far as NetApp is concerned we are the data authority for hybrid cloud, wherein we provide hybrid cloud data services, which enable enterprises to expand customer touch-points and governments to expand citizen touch-points. We enable companies to foster innovations, enabling clouds and optimise IT operations. Our own study tells us that hybrid cloud or hybrid multi-cloud will be the most dominant paradigm for the next 5 or 10 years, and it essentially means to obtain the best of every world.

Rajesh Awasthi, Global Head and Associate Vice President, Global Manage Hosting and Cloud Services, Tata Communications:

Before we elaborate in details about Tata Communications is getting benefitted from NetApp, we will discuss about the trends that we happen to see in clouds in the data-centre space. By 2020, most of the global markets for data-centre services to grow to around 89 billion dollars and 50 percent of these datacentre facilities will be enabled by cloud service providers, which is going to host somewhere around 16 zeta-bytes of data. One of the key benefit of clouds is that it is available at any point of time.

Tata communication created an integrated izo-cloud platform which not only supports or manages our own cloud offering but actually spans across the customer foot-print which they want to deploy for their application work-load. This could be something on-premise or it can be a dedicated dispense with a hosting company, like ourselves. Thus, Izo-Cloud is the new normal unlike text book jargon; which is deployed by most of us in our own data-centres. From Tata Communication perspective we help our customers in the entire journey of cloud adoption, including designed consultation which is basically a requirement analysis; which could include a comprehensive hybrid solution and best practices; then on the migration and deployment model for our customers and then the management of data 24*7.

Ameeta Roy, Director Solution Architecture, RedHat, India & South Asia: Back in 1993, RedHat disrupted a very much established market introduced a concept of subscriptions. We have been building the future, in terms of making sure the foundation is on Linux. We took linux and made it enterprise consumable. As a matter of fact, RedHat is contributing magnanimously to the changing dynamics of open source community. As a matter of fact, consumers and customers across domains, including, aviation and airline, enterprises or fortune 500 healthcare companies, banks and Telco’s are successfully using solutions by RedHat completely.

Sumir Bangalore, Senior Pre-Sales Consultant, Broadcom: Mission to Modernize::

Broadcom is a $20.8 billion company, as on FY 2018, one of industries broadest IP port-folios with 24000 patents, 23 divisions all leading in their stances and then we have closed of $3.8 billion dollar on development revenues. We are a global technology leader when it comes to datacentre, broadband, mobile and industrial applications. With infrastructure software perspective mainframes continues to be our focus, business operations, analytics, machine learning, cyber-security, hyper- cloud and others continues to be our forte, indicating, right from agile management to end point security, Broadcom caters to a variety of domains specific to industry needs.

Tags assigned to this article:
BW NetAPP digital india