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Propel your business on Cloud

Propel your business on cloud : Quadra tells you how?

"Our industry is going through quite a wave of innovation and it's being powered by a phenomenon which is referred to as the cloud.

India will not only see a surge in cloud computing services but companies all over the world will look to India to support their transition to cloud computing." – Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft

A majority of us are paranoid and confused by the prospects of business in the cloud. Many even see it as a real threat to a business model that has been productive and profitable for decades. With a sea full of uncertainties and a lot of business up for grabs, Quadra makes you transit to cloud with ease and tells you how you can act strategically, gather meaningful information using cloud platforms which will win you both your wallet and mind share.

With the cloud, you can snap your fingers and instantly set up enterprise-class services. You will now have the ability to use the same tools and techniques that larger companies enjoyed for years. You can leverage Social Media tools to connect with prospects / customers, build their brands, and use Enterprise tools to automate systems within their workplace using free, inexpensive and simple tools and platforms.

And with the rapid evolution of the cloud as a viable IT implementation model, let's take a brief look at the various cloud platforms and the manner in which they have evolved. 2013 saw all the major players consistently offering various services which enhance their already diverse cloud portfolio.

Amazon continued to maintain an impressive product portfolio, it now offers over 30 services ranging from transcoding media files to compatible formats playable in various devices ranging from smart phones and tablets to solutions for protecting sensitive data subject to rigorous contractual or regulatory requirements. The most exciting announcement of the year was Amazon Kinesis, a fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale. Amazon Kinesis can collect and process hundreds of terabytes of data per hour from hundreds of thousands of sources, allowing you to easily write applications that process information in real-time, from sources such as web site click-streams, marketing and financial information, manufacturing instrumentation and social media, and operational logs and metering data.

Google Cloud is now versatile and powerful with the Google Compute Engine moving into General Availability with offering virtual machines that are scalable, reliable, and offer industry-leading security features like encryption of data at rest. Compute Engine is available with 24/7 support and a 99.95% monthly SLA for mission-critical workloads. Google focused on making sure that the CPU, disk I/O and network I/O are optimized to deliver the best possible performance. Virtual machines, Managed platforms, Blob storage, Block storage, NoSQL data store, MySQL database, Big Data analytics are some of the features offered by the Google platform.

HP Cloud was one of the first to go live based on the open source cloud management software. Through its commitment to OpenStack, HP is delivering open standards–based hybrid solutions that provide enterprises the agility of interoperable cloud solutions along with enterprise-grade security and manageability. HP wants to shift its focus to hybrid cloud by pushing the HP Cloud OS agenda to its partners and customers. HP Cloud OS is an attempt to push OpenStack, HP Cloud and HP services in the enterprise market.

IBM attempted to gain a foothold into commodity hosting/IaaS market dominated so far by AWS and Rackspace by acquiring Soft Layer. Its existing Smart Cloud Enterprise brand has been closed with its existing customer base transitioning to Soft Layer. This transition is being driven by Mirantis, an established open stack services company. On the PaaS front, IBM and Pivotal partnered to bring WebSphere to Cloud Foundry. Time will decide on the efficacy of IBM's strategy of investing in two leading open source cloud technologies.

Microsoft made the transition from PaaS to IaaS with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (WAIS). WAIS supports popular variants of Linux, Java, WebLogic and Databases in its Windows Azure platform. Acquisition of datacenters in China was also noteworthy in 2013. Presently, Microsoft is well positioned in the cloud market with robust offerings.

Oracle is the corporate sponsor of OpenStackFoundation in 2013 with plans to integrate its virtualization infrastructure, Java, middleware and database products with OpenStack. However, clarity on its core competence is still to emerge with Oracle Fusion and Financials forming the SaaS layer, a robust PaaS platform and with the acquisition of Nimbula it also has a presence in in IaaS domain.

2013 saw declining revenues for Rackspace, it is hopeful that its open stack offerings in public cloud will bridge the existing divide. Red Hat's PaaS offering, OpenShift has moved to its second version this year, OpenShift is positioned as the true open source PaaS with its developers continuing to be extremely active. Salesforce continued its dominance in the SaaS domain, but 2013 saw Salesforce enter the PaaS domain with Heroku, the generic, polyglot PaaS.

VMware clearly demonstrated its intent to continue its market dominance in the private cloud domain by launching vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) to combat the emerging threat of Amazon in the enterprise cloud market. It sent a clear message to the industry and its customer base that its primary focus remains cloud by selling Wavemaker, Zimbra and SlideRocket.

With alternatives available in abundance, Quadra can help you with your Cloud requirements. And as an organization, we have built deep experience across both private and public cloud deployments, and have been early adopters of the cloud for our own internal applications. Our vendor agnostic, multi-platform approach, together with proven skills and certifications from major cloud vendors means that we are uniquely poised to provide you a holistic and balanced perspective on building a hybrid cloud infrastructure. We also bring to the table skills on federated identity management, and partnerships with cloud integration offerings, along with tried and trusted management and deployment capabilities that are critical in establishing a hybrid infrastructure.