Meet discusses the usage of cloud computing in the Indian scenario and the challenges that need to be addressed

Technology democratises the access to the computing resources by giving equal opportunities to all the potential users as the Cloud Technology obviates the need for owning the infrastructure, observed the speakers at a national workshop on ‘Cloud Computing and Security Issues’, organised by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Osmania University College of Engineering in collaboration with CipherCloud India Pvt. Ltd.

The speakers drawn from the major IT companies and Premier Institutes like IBM, Microsoft, TCS, Polaris, CipherCloud, Cognizant, Computer Associates, IISc, IIIT-H and IDRBT observed that the technology relieves the people from software licensing issues and is capable of reducing the software piracy. They also felt that the technology is capable of taking the IT services to the common man at an affordable cost.

However, the biggest challenge was the data security which needs to be addressed so that even the large enterprises opt for the technology. Various sessions at the workshop covered the important aspects of cloud computing that include use-case studies, security and performance monitoring. Understanding the usage of cloud in Indian scenario and the challenges that need to be adressed were also discussed.

The overall view was that Small and Medium Enterprises will benefit the most from cloud computing technology.

The workshop was inaugurated by P. Rameshwar Rao, Vice-Chancellor, JNTUH while P. Venugopal, Director, STPI, Hyderabad was the guest of honour. The keynote address was delivered by Mrinal Jain from IBM India. About 360 participants from academia, IT and ITeS industry fraternity and students from across India benefitted.