(From left) Anil Oberoi, Raju Vegesna, Jaideep Mehta, Santanu Dutt and Rajesh Awasthi in Calcutta on Friday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury
Calcutta, Dec. 7: India needs to have proper infrastructure in place if it wants to be counted among the nations that can boast of economic growth fuelling development.
Over the years, India’s soft infrastructure has grown at a fast pace. While road infrastructure has gone into recession, the telecom domain has seen phenomenal growth along with a substantial rise in the power sector.
Infocom 2012 began its second day with a session on “Building the future infrastructure ecosystem with technology and innovations”.
“The government is aware of a direct link between GDP growth and the growth in infrastructure and has planned a $1-trillion investment in infrastructure funding, 50 per cent of which will be funded by the private sector,” said Major General Anil Oberoi, group executive director of Alchemist Ltd.
According to Raju Vegesna, chairman and managing director of Sify Technologies, the world was at the cusp of a big IT infrastructure evolution driven by innovation. And India will play a big role being the third largest emerging economy.
“There is a need for scalable technology. Innovations needed include virtualisation for better utilisation of resources, a change in the business model from a capex to an opex one and more mobile solutions. Green IT is the social agenda. All this will lead to a significant change in conventional IT infrastructure. A new form of IT infrastructure is evolving and in India, the game changer is the cloud services model,” he said.
But to have a cloud based infrastructure provider as a partner, selection will be on the basis of those who can provide the highest security and customisable, scalable solutions.
Stressing on the benefit of cloud, Santanu Dutt, solutions architect at Amazon Web Services, said cloud computing was not only about saving money, but also meant there was no upfront capital expense and allowed businesses to focus on their core business.
Other speakers at the session included Rajesh Awasthi, director (telecom & cloud service provider), NetApp India Marketing & Services.
Jaideep Mehta, country manager, IDC, chaired the session on convergence in infrastructure.