A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post about an cloud computing experiment that Wipro was carrying out. I first saw it in the Financial Times but thought I should speak to Wipro directly to get more information.
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Wipro kindly provided their CTO, I Vijay Kumar, who filled me in on a programme that has gone well beyond the experiment phase.
In the US and India, where Wipro owns lots of datacentres it is already building its cloud computing infrastructure. Customers will soon be able to buy cloud services from Wipro.
I will soon be writing an analysis of what Wipro is doing but in the meantime I thought I would blog some of the headline grabbers.
Kumar said that cloud computing today is at the stage that the Internet was at ten years ago. He says in its native form it is known as virtualisation by techies.
Wipro tested cloud computing out in relation to its software development business. It built an internal cloud and connecting between 350 and 500 people to it.
He said the reason Wipro wanted to experiment was because cloud computing is actually very complex with many variations.
Wipro has found that setting up a software project is made faster and more cost effective by doing it in a cloud. This is all about the allocation of computing power.
Traditionally when Wipro sets up a software development project the team would have to get hold of some computing power in the form of servers. This would take some time because they would have to go through the long process of requesting the kit, having it approved and then wait for it to arrive.
But through the internet cloud an email is sent to the cloud management asking for the computing power and it is allocated via the cloud. So the time and cost savings are easy to identify.
The other massive advantage is the removal of waste. Computing power can be more accurately allocated. Rather than having a dedicated server or servers which are never fully utilised cloud computing means computing power can be allocated depending on the need of the users. Kumar said typical utilisation levels are between 20% and 30%.
Also when the projects are complete you are left with computing power in the form of servers that you do not need anymore.
So the test worked well relating to software development but what about other sectors?
Well Wipro is already building a cloud infrastructure in India and the US as I said earlier. This will also start in Europe when Wipro has datacentres.