'Cloud Computing Can Benefit Any Business'

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 20, 2009

In an interview with CXOtoday, Manjunath Kashi, Director, Enterprise Computing Group, Unisys, explains how his company’s cloud computing services tackle the security concerns surrounding cloud computing, thereby making it different from similar offerings from other vendors.

How does cloud computing help address challenges faced by CIOs?
The biggest challenges for CIO’s today are managing and securing the exponentially growing information in the IT infrastructure. In such a scenario a secure cloud, whether private or public, can enable them to both support their business and provide centralized access to multiple datacentres across the globe.

We believe that cloud computing will revolutionize the way enterprises obtain business and IT services and change the kind of payback they get from their IT investments. In a severely constrained global economy, the prospect of de-capitalizing enterprise IT, deferring and avoiding operational costs, fixing the IT bottleneck and more effectively mapping availability of IT resources to fluctuating business demands provide powerful incentives to adopt cloud computing.

Cloud computing being multi-tenant has the capability to process the needs of multiple users with shared resources, dynamically and transparently. It is scalable as resources can be expanded and contracted as needed, also users need to pay only for what they use. Through cloud computing Software, Platform and Hardware can be provided as a service.

How do you tackle the security concerns surrounding cloud computing?

Security concerns is in fact the major impediment for the adoption of cloud computing for business needs, however we like to say that security is in Unisys DNA. For us the word ’secure’ refers to providing an overall reduction in risk due to greater security protocols and tools for data in motion (transiting the infrastructure), data at rest (in storage networks) and data in process.

Unisys’ cloud computing solutions provide the much-required extra layer of security. Underpinning our strategy is Unisys Stealth security solution, an innovative, patent-pending data protection technology, initially designed for government applications and now available to commercial clients too. The Unisys Stealth technology cloaks data through multiple levels of authentication and encryption, bit-splitting it into multiple packets so it moves invisibly across networks and stays secure in storage environments.

In addition to the Stealth technology, clients of Unisys Secure Cloud Solution benefit from Unisys’ layered security infrastructure, which includes comprehensive capabilities, including intrusion detection and prevention service, security monitoring, advanced correlation and analytics, firewall management and logging.

Our Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, a managed public cloud service based on the Stealth technology, enables enterprises to securely move conventional business applications into a managed, shared cloud service without costly, time-consuming rewrites or other alterations. Those applications often include secure or sensitive data, such as human resources, financial, customer and healthcare information.

How are your cloud computing offerings different from other vendors?
Unisys cloud computing strategy is uniquely flexible. It draws on all the company’s core capabilities of security, data center transformation, application modernization and outsourcing services to help clients break-through the barriers to adoption and gain a full range of options for cloud services, while safeguarding their operations and lowering IT costs.

Unisys cloud computing strategy enables clients to choose the type of data center computing services that best meet their business objectives — from self-managed, automated IT infrastructure to Unisys-managed cloud services. Using Unisys services and technologies, organizations can create a private cloud within their datacenters, a public cloud through secure Unisys-managed cloud solutions, or a hybrid cloud solution, combining the best of both private and Unisys-managed cloud services.

Which are the industry verticals Unisys is targeting in India for its cloud computing services and why?

We believe that our cloud computing strategy and solutions - with their unique emphasis on security - will have special appeal in market sectors such as federal government/public sector, healthcare and financial services, where data security, compliance with regulations for data management, and other security concerns are driving forces in decision-making.

In addition, industries or functions such as financial reporting, benefits administration, and secure document management - that have weekly, monthly or even seasonal spikes in demand for IT resources to support business requirements could benefit from Unisys secure cloud solutions.

Does cloud computing benefit large and small organisations likewise?

Cloud computing can benefit organizations of various sizes. For instance we enable clients to choose the type of datacenter computing services that best meet their business objectives, from self-managed, automated IT infrastructures to Unisys-managed cloud services. Using our services and technologies, organizations can create a private cloud within their datacenters, a public cloud through secure Unisys-managed cloud solutions, or a hybrid cloud solution combining the best of both private and Unisys-managed cloud services.

What is the estimated market size of cloud computing in India? What is its current growth rate?
According to Gartner, worldwide cloud services revenues are on a pace to surpass $56.3 billion in 2009, a 21.3 per cent increase in revenues from $46.4 billion in 2008. The market is expected to reach $150.1 billion in 2013. The Indian market, according to Springboard Research, will register a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 76 per cent between 2007 and 2011 and reach $260 million (around Rs 1,300 crore) in revenue by 2011. This presents a great opportunity for Unisys cloud computing solutions.