Wipro is slowly but steadily moving ahead in cloud computing, a cutting-edge area of IT services, under which software and accompanying maintenance services are offered from remote network computers, with a flexible pricing model.
Wipro Infotech, the company’s arm that caters to India and the Middle East, plans to offer cloud computing services in the next six months, joining the league of dominant international players that offer such broadband Internet-based services. “We plan to offer software and infrastructure as a service in the next three to six months but it will take another two years for demand for cloud computing to pick up in India,” said Anand Sankaran, senior vice- president and business head in Wipro Infotech.
Salesforce.com, IBM and Google are among key players in the segment.
Cloud computing is like a rented accommodation and relatively cheaper. It helps small and medium businesses keep costs low while outsourcing complicated IT work.
According to industry estimates, the cloud computing market in India is close to $1 billion or Rs 4,700 crore. Wipro is planning to invest Rs 200 crore in Indian data centres to enable this over the next year.
Wipro Infotech has set up large-scale data centres, which are essential for data storage and management, at Mysore and Greater Noida spread over 12,000 sq ft and 38,000 sq ft respectively.