Cloud Infrastructure Landscape & Key Security Aspects Surrounding IT

Amrish has been associated with Mega Networks for over 27 years now and has played a significant role in formulating efficient business strategies that have taken the company towards the pinnacle of success so far. In a recent interaction with Siliconindia, Amrish Pipada, CEO, Mega Networks shared his insights on the current cloud services landscape, with key focus on the security aspect. Below are a few selected extracts from the exclusive interview

What are your thoughts on the cloud implementation landscape in India evolving in recent years?

Cloud is playing a pivotal role in driving digital transformation within India’s hardware manufacturing sector. According to a recent report by IDC, Indian public cloud services market is expected to reach $17.8 billion by 2027 with verticals such as BFSI, manufacturing, government, software, and media being the key drivers. Today, cloud computing has become a key component of an organizational strategy, bringing new elements like platforms and on-demand & tailor-made settings, while also facilitating operations and optimizing costs. In an effort to increase operational efficiencies, businesses are investing in new cloud-based digital channels and analytics at a rapid pace.

On the other hand, the emergence of services like Open AI has made service-based innovation possible, particularly in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Because of this, businesses of all types are taking part in the digital economy more successfully on a local and international level. The Indian cloud computing market is well-positioned to capitalize on the upcoming growth wave because to factors like data disruption, growing engagement in the digital economy, and a robust talent pool. According to a NASSCOM report, India’s talent pool of cloud professionals across various industries is expected to more than double from 608,000 in 2021 to 1.5 million by 2025.

Give us a brief comparison between various kinds of cloud infrastructure.

In the world of cloud computing, we have moved beyond traditional data centers. Now, businesses, big and small, are diving into flexible cloud infrastructures provided by giants like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. These infrastructures include servers, software, networks, and storage components, thus forming the backbone for remote-accessible applications. While private clouds keep it secure on-premise, public clouds streamline workflows, but raise vulnerability risks, and hybrid clouds balance both. This is where cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is gaining widespread adoption, wherein it gives you managed hardware resources over the internet. Although IaaS is cost-effective, agile and secure, organizations must pay close attention to vendor changes and network glitches. As businesses ride the wave of digital transformation, enterprises are focusing on building resilient cloud infrastructure to provide the control, scalability and flexibility needed to stay a float.

How are latest technologies enabling organizations to enhance the security of cloud data?

While businesses are shifting their infrastructure to the cloud in order to achieve cost-effectiveness, speed, agility, and scalability, predictive security is now seen as the future of cloud security. Also, the need for cutting-edge cloud security solutions like Zero Trust model is growing as businesses struggle to secure storage, data in transit, data at rest, access, and compliance. Latest technologies like AI, ML, Blockchain, Zero Trust and many others are playing a crucial role in enhancing the security of cloud data by employing cutting-edge safeguards to protect data stored in the cloud. Thus, it is critical to keep-up with the latest developments in cloud security trends in order to protect digital infrastructure and outperform the most dangerous trends in cloud security. Additionally, Zero Trust Security deployments are going to heavily rely on cloud-based security solutions that provide flexibility and scalability according to the constantly shifting requirements of businesses. Furthermore, the development of AI, ML and other cutting-edge technologies will improve the efficacy of Zero Trust by reliably and quickly recognizing threats.

In your opinion, how do you expect the cloud landscape in India to evolve in the days to come?

As we dive into 2024, cloud computing in India is poised for transformative changes, echoing global trends. The ascent of server-less computing and a heightened focus on server less security are on the horizon, providing cost-efficient and secure options for agile, cloud-native applications. Container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes are on the rise, simplifying the deployment of containerized applications and making cloud application development more efficient. Going forward, we believe AI and ML will play an increasingly significant role in optimizing cloud resource management, transitioning from novelty to norm. The seamless integration of edge computing with cloud services will become key to enable real-time data processing at the edge and reducing latency for IoT applications.

Additionally, cloud-native security solutions tailored for the unique challenges of cloud-native architectures will shape the future, ensuring applications remain protected throughout their lifecycle. As regulatory compliance becomes more intricate, cloud providers in India will enhance compliance services to assist organizations in navigating complex data privacy regulations. Environmental considerations will take centre stage as cloud providers invest in green cloud technologies and advocate sustainable practices. Navigating these shifts will require innovation and adaptability, but the coming year promises to be transformative for cloud computing in India.