Microland Betting Big On Hybrid Cloud
Microland, one of the leading IT services firms in India, has announced that it would provide hybrid IT infrastructure services to enterprises worldwide. The company rolled out its 4.0 platform to deliver enhanced infrastructure services in the emerging digital world. The founder and MD Pradeep Kar said that the initiative is the first of its kind and that he sees a multi-billion opportunity in this area, as companies are starting to consider vendors which have expertise in particular technologies.
Hybrid cloud a combination of traditional IT, private, public and community cloud computing services, is offered by service providers such as Microsoft, Amazon and others. Companies like Microland take these offerings and integrate it with their existing business. “With cloud computing, mobility and consumerization becoming the trend, IT is set to drive transformation in enterprises across industry verticals. Our 4.0 platform can help businesses become agile and innovative through a structured approach towards hybrid IT while improving efficiency of their IT infrastructure through automation and process reengineering,” said Kar.
The Bangalore-based company, which completed 25 years of operations, started as a networking provider in 1990s and then moved on to become the country’s first remote infrastructure management services provider. The company boasts of 2,700 techies, six global delivery centres, including three in India and one each in Britain, West Asia and the US to service 75 global clients.
Kar noted that a high level of commitment to business ethics and standards of governance have enabled Microland build strategic partnerships with technology partners such as Amazon web services, Citrix, Microsoft and VMware as well as its customers.
“Commitment to highest and business ethics have enabled us to build s,” Kar noted. According to him, as an enabling framework to deliver computing as a service rather than a product, hybrid IT provides software and information as a utility over a network spanning enterprises and internet.
“Hybrid IT and enterprise transformation to IT-as-a-service is a challenging task because clients have to change the way they think and approach its architecture, which is service oriented. The offering involves service management, governance and compliance, avoiding vendor or technology lock-ins and integrating best of breed technology environment,” Microland chief innovation officer M.S. Rangaraj said in a statement
Market research firm Forrester estimated that the public cloud services market would grow 18 percent this year to $153 billion and projected a similar growth for the virtual private cloud market to $66 billion from $7.5 billion in 2011 and for the private cloud market to $16 billion from $7.8 billion in 2011. Gartner that states by 2016, more enterprises will be turning to a hybrid cloud model from private cloud. The research firm predicts that during the forecast time, nearly half of the large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments.
Moreover, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has estimated that by 2020, one-third of the IT industry revenues would come from managed services and India would have a 45 percent share in the global market for remote infrastructure management.
“Enterprises are realizing the value proposition of hybrid IT services, as evident from their spending on them, accounting for over 10 percent of their annual IT budgets on cloud services,” Kar added.
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