Wipro tosses the hat in the ring for the cloud computing market
This is couple of months old announcement some how I missed it and learned about this recently. Wipro has also announced that they are going to enter in the cloud computing market. Apparently Wipro is planning on offer two options, one is the offering of onsite datacenter (“on premise Cloud Computing”) and other is for traditional offsite Cloud Computing. Not sure what "on premise cloud computing" means, may be it is about implementing the virtualization framework to have automation and isolation to effeciently run the datacenters. Buzz words aside, the Cloud Computing is about leveraging the economies of scale by building large datacenters and allowing users to use servers in a pay as you go model by using virtualization technology. Wipro started GRID computing vertical in 2005 and they support grid middleware like Globus toolkit. Recent widespread use of Virtual Private Servers (thanks to virtualization technologies) provides the automation and isolation needed to have a true utility computing model with scalability. For example it takes couple of minutes to boot a server on Amazon EC2 from an image and it is easy to add and remove servers. Under the hood EC2 is using XEN virtualization. So companies like Wipro who have already spent a lot in building datacenters for their customers might be able to improve the efficiencies of their datacenters by implementing an api based virtualization framework for their internal use. After all Amazon EC2 was initially setup for improving the efficiencies in the Amazon internal datacenters, before someone at Amazon realized that this can be commercialized. However, to be successful, in my opinion companies like Wipro have to achieve the economies of scale. In the end it is all about running large datacenters at the economies of scale that smaller players can’t match. In the Grid computing space Wipro has partnered with some middleware grid providers like Univa, Synapase and United devices. We will keep an eye on Wipro to see if they come up with some interesting solution and if they are going to only use cloud computing for their corporate customers or if they are going for the bigger market like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google and will open their datacenters to third parties like Kaavo who can provide value added middleware and services on top of cloud computing framework.
Link to the announcement: http://www.ciol.com/content/28108103121.aspx