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Top Ten Reasons Why Startups Should Consider Cloud

I am prompted to write this article after a long debate I had with the CTO of one of the startups

As a passionate Cloud Evangelist, I always believe that Cloud is the best companion of the startups. While the Silicon Valley startups are the biggest adopters of the Cloud, it may not be the case in India and other parts of Asia. I am prompted to write this article after a long debate I had with the CTO of one of the startups. His application runs on a server that is co-located at a 3rd party datacenter and he is reluctant to move it to the Cloud. Here is a summary of the points that I pitched to him. This should help startups in understanding the potential of the Cloud.

10. Self-Service – If your application is co-located or hosted with a 3rd party, it is frustrating to raise a trouble ticket every time you want to add additional storage or a database server to your application. You may have to send an email or speak to a support engineer to provision additional resources. This may take a few hours if you are lucky or even a few days before you get what you asked for. The best thing about Cloud is the ability to provision and de-provision resources all by yourself! Most of the Cloud Platforms give you a dashboard or console to launch and configure additional resources. You will realize the power of this when you are able to add a couple of servers in a few minutes without relying on phone calls and emails.

9. No CAPEX – Now, this is certainly a big deal! You may have a killer idea that you can pitch with a lot of conviction. But to go live, you need half-a-dozen servers and this may be the biggest hurdle for the budding entrepreneurs. It is always a tough tradeoff to choose between hiring great talent and investing in powerful hardware. With Cloud, this decision becomes easy! You can host your application without any investment and use the cash to hire best developers that you can afford. All you need is an international credit card to get started with the Cloud.

8. Easy to Scale – Assuming you did everything right and the stars are aligned, you may grow pretty rapidly within the first few weeks. To meet the growing demand, you will have to throw more servers, storage and databases at the application. If you have architected the application based on some of the best practices, it is extremely easy to grow at a rapid pace. You can choose to scale up by moving to the next possible configuration or scale out by adding more servers of similar configuration to the application.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.

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