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IEEE says the Cloud Computing Innovation Council will act as a platform for companies, government agencies and others to come together to accelerate cloud innovations

IEEE says the Council will act as a platform for companies, government agencies and others to come together to accelerate cloud innovations

IEEE announced today that it has formed the Cloud Computing Innovation Council in India, which will serve as a think tank focused on developing technological innovations across the cloud-computing in India and other emerging markets.

The organisation says that the council will act as a platform for innovation and create an ecosystem where industry, academia and the public sector can develop cloud-computing initiatives and standards jointly.

Srikanth Chandrasekaran, standards senior manager for IEEE India says that the Council will help drive widespread adoption and deployment of cloud computing, and that the innovations developed by the council will inevitably be fed back into local IT outfits.

“The government of India is already driving several cloud-computing projects under the guidance and leadership of the Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY). To help further direct these programs, the council will provide proposals for standards, research, education initiatives and regulatory, legislation and policy recommendations to promote innovation that’s vital to the framework of this technology,” Chandrasekaran said.

“One of the working groups is specifically focused on Standards & Interoperability – for the first version of the roadmap/white paper this group is looking at the landscape of standards in this space from IEEE, OASIS, W3C, NIST Framework for Security, DMTF, Ocean project. Interoperability is one of the key focus of this group and a key input to this would be both P2302 and the intercloud test bed project within IEEE,” he added.

Details on how the newly formed organisation plans to coordinate with other institutions focused on developing cloud standards have not been released, but Pamela Kumar, chair of the Cloud Computing Innovation Council for India says the newly formed organisation will work quickly to move from priority setting through to generating proposals and recommendations.

“We will soon publish a white paper that will specify an innovation roadmap for cloud-computing technologies in India. The scope of this white paper encompasses the usage scenarios and service delivery, platform and infrastructure technologies, and the enablement framework for cloud computing. The council is composed of 14 working groups addressing global trends in the relevant technologies, initiatives and opportunities in India. This includes challenges and barriers unique to the Indian ecosystem, which will be providing recommendations and innovation proposals,” Kumar said.

India has become a hub for cloud-related activity in recent years. The Indian government, keen to work with industry on new technologies to better enable its massive SME base, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in cloud computing and big data initiatives to improve access to cloud computing services, and enhance its own services. IBM, Microsoft and VMware are among some of the heavyweights that have set up local research outfits developing innovations straddling cloud, virtualisation and big data, and IDC suggests that the growth of cloud services could create up to two million new jobs in India by 2015.

  • Ajay September 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Srikanth / Pamela: It is really motivating to see IEEE forming cloud innovation in India. As a SME ourselves, we see a huge benefit from cloud. Being server-less enterprise is huge benefit to those SME who have avoided on-premise technology because of cost of set-up and maintenance.

    IEEE initiatives will help SME’s gain confidence on cloud technology. Thank you and looking forward to your update on innovation council.


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