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Has Innovation Hit The Glass Ceiling In The Cloud Infrastructure Market?

Once in every five years, technology industry goes through a major overhaul. The last wave of disruption came in the form of cloud computing, impacting almost every segment of the industry including hardware manufacturers, infrastructure companies, operating system vendors, and platform companies.

As the cloud market got matured, it got classified into infrastructure (IaaS), platform (PaaS), and software(SaaS). Out of all the delivery models, it is IaaS that had the maximum impact on the industry. Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, Google are reporting healthy growth with AWS’ revenue doubling almost every quarter. While the enterprise adoption has just begun for IaaS, the innovation seems to have become stagnant.

The OEM server market dominated by IBM, Dell, Oracle, and HP has hit the brick wall long ago. Apart from marginal enhancements to the processor and storage, there is little scope for innovation in that space. Customers have no expectations from these vendors in delivering groundbreaking innovation.

After more than a decade of its existence, has the IaaS market started to resemble the traditional server market? Is there scope for delivering additional value to customers consuming cloud infrastructure services?

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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.