Growing adoption of cloud computing technologies among businesses in India is attracting global cloud vendors to invest in the country. US-based cloud provider Atlassian Corporation recently announced its plans to deliver its advanced cloud offerings for the Indian market and to support this growth momentum, it is doubling its staff strength in the country, adding 300 employees to its Bengaluru R&D center in the next 12 months.
“India has some of the best tech talent in the world, which has fuelled the huge growth of our world-class R&D centre located in Bengaluru. The country’s exceptional technical talent, leadership, and business infrastructure naturally aligns with our long-term company goals,” Archana Rao, CIO, Atlassian told CXOToday, adding that the company’s long-term focus is to unleash collaboration potential of knowledge workers in the growing software collaboration market.
Rao said that Cloud has been the key driver of Atlassian’s growth and innovation, with overall subscription revenue, growing at 50% year-over-year. With cloud security being a major focus for its cloud customers, Atlassian has announced enterprise-grade controls and security features, with data privacy upgrades to its underlying cloud platform.
“With cloud adoption witnessing a huge uptake among organizations, security is a major concern. Cybersecurity and compliance with data regulations should be considered while moving to cloud. As more companies migrate to the cloud, threats to data, finances and operations continue to increase,” Rao said.
Despite security concerns, enterprises will witness a huge uptake in cloud adoption, with Nasscom predicting the cloud market o grow approximately 3-fold to $7.1 billion by 2022, said Rao.
She explains that the new cloud security offerings include data residency for customers who want greater control over where their data is located, and data encryption at rest and in transit to help guard against unauthorized access.
Toward this end the company has also launched new integrations, allowing customers to integrate Atlassian cloud products with Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) for SSO, Google Cloud Identity for SSO and user provisioning, and Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) providers for cloud security.
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Rao informed the company has launched the Atlassian Trust Center, which gives customers the latest security, reliability, privacy, and compliance roadmap for its products and services. It has also launched Forge, its new cloud app development platform, allowing their ecosystem developers to more easily and securely build cloud apps.
Besides security, costs are top of mind for CIOs, keeping in mind the expense of subscription-based contracts with cloud providers. Another key concern is the investment in technology, where it is not required, she said.
“Keeping this in mind, we have introduced new cloud plans including a Premium offering, giving customers the highest level of service with advanced features, a 99.9% uptime SLA, unlimited storage and access to premium security tools, ensuring enterprises have everything they need to confidently scale,” she said.
As Atlassian has a slew of initiatives for the India market, Rao believes, ‘open’ is the future of work.’ Recently, Atlassian has been named the ‘Best Place to Work’ by Great Place to Work Institute in every market where it has a staff presence.
“Atlassian has a unique culture that is open, innovative, dedicated to their customers, team-driven and long-term focused – all of which enables us to drive customer value and achieve competitive differentiation,” said Rao.
Some of its customers in India include Ola Cabs, Reliance, Walmart Labs, and Flipkart, among others and the company is looking to expand its growing list of customers with unique and innovative cloud solutions in the next one year, she summed up.