In conversation with Enterprise IT World, Vinod Ganesan, Country Manager, Cloudera elaborates on the scope of the multicolour adoption in the Indian market and how the functionality of CloudEra Enterprise Data Cloud platform that has a Hybrid & Multicolour support, is Multifunctional, conforms to Security & Governance and supports Open standards offers a unique offering.
With the enterprise market embarking on a Digital Transformation journey, the business requirements are evolving and technology providers are responding to the changing demands by revolutionizing their offerings.
“These four tenants of baseline data architecture, Hybrid and Multicloud, Multifunction, Highly Secured & Governed and Open, gave birth to a new category called the Enterprise Data Cloud. CloudEra has launched a data platform that is the world’s first enterprise data cloud which actually fulfils all these four criteria.”
Multicloud Scenario in the Indian Market
The biggest challenge which Indians faced was the law of the land. The strong data sovereignty concept, i.e. Data cannot leave the country was a complication. So, till a couple of years ago, public cloud was a big challenge because all the giants who operated in this space never had data centers in India. But over the last two years, that has changed tremendously.
Now with multiple tiers four data centers set up across the country, the biggest challenge of sovereignty which didn’t allow people to adopt public cloud has been rectified. There is a very strong propensity amongst the enterprise customers to start looking at public cloud adoption.
A lot of people look at cloud from cost perspective, believing it to be a cost-effective alternative. However, it is actually dependent on the function of the workload that is being run. For example, a persistent workload which runs every day for eight hours and consumes a fixed set of resources, when moved to a public cloud, would actually be more expensive compared to running it in-house.
Taking into account the increasing market demand for a comprehensive Enterprise Data Cloud Platform, CloudEra has released its platform in the Indian market. The offering constitutes of the baseline for the fundamental data architecture that is required for organizations to transform. These unique key attributes are – Hybrid and Multicloud Support, Multifunctional, Security & Governance and Open Support.
Hybrid and Multicloud Support
This is the main ingredient which lends the agility that organizations are looking for in their data transformation journey.
Different businesses come with their own requirements. In order to service them you need to have the capability to run different types of workloads on the same platform. For example, somebody might come with the operational data warehouse or an AI-ML based use case. Each of these workloads actually puts a very different type of pressure on the underlying architecture. Previously everything was being dealt separately. Everybody had their own environments, which created a lot of silos. Now, customers are demanding a single platform that can typically run and enable all these use cases. This brings in the multifunction aspect of the platform.
Security and Governance
There is a classic conflict between business and IT. Business expects IT to work at a particular pace in terms of launching new initiatives or analyzing certain segment and coming back with what opportunity exists there. And rightly so, because in today’s world, that window of opportunities is open for a very limited time. So if you don’t capitalize within that window, you would have lost that advantage. So, they put a lot of pressure for IT to support these initiatives. IT in its own sense is plagued by the challenges associated with security and governance. They cannot compromise on these values because obviously it has far-fetching consequences. The value of data is compromised. So they are not able to turn around at the pace at which business wants them to go.
So, some businesses find themselves turning to a public cloud provider or wherever and try to run this particular initiative. This creates a shadow IT where there are inherent security and risk associated with that kind of an approach. So, IT is being increasingly seen as what keeps the organization in sync.
How do you now enable security and governance provided that one consistent framework, irrespective of where your data is? The moment you say hybrid and multicloud capabilities, there is a necessity to have these capabilities without compromising on the underlying security, which becomes the third fundamental premise.
Half of the customers don’t want to get logged on to a proprietary technology. Open Source, on the other hand, is not just a community innovating, whereby you benefit from that innovation. It is also about open standards and Open APIs, which allows you to integrate a lot of things seamlessly so that your entire data and associated framework becomes highly interoperable and portable.
These four tenants of baseline data architecture, Hybrid and Multicloud, Multifunction, Highly Secured & Governed and Open, gave birth to a new category called the Enterprise Data Cloud. CloudEra has launched a data platform that is the world’s first enterprise data cloud which actually fulfils all these four criteria. CloudEra’s Enterprise Data Cloud platform supports hybrid and multicloud. It supports multifunctional workload. From a Data Warehouse to ML, to Operational Data Warehouse, anything that the customer would want to bring all the way from edge to AI, onboarding any kind of cloud, or the public cloud providers,, so you are no longer worried about lock in with one particular technology.
Use Case – Yes Bank
Yes Bank has been using the CloudEra Data platform. Yes Bank has short circuited the whole data warehouse wave and directly went for Cloudera platform, which allows them to deal with all types of data whether it is structured or unstructured. And as a result of that, they will be able to build a very strong foundation for analytics. It has helped the bank in all of their hyper-personalization campaigns which they run for their customers. That has improved substantially because they are able to use data to reach out to these customers.
CloudEra Enterpise Data Cloud platform helps in analyzing what workloads are suitable to move on to a public cloud. CloudEra assists the customers in aligning the economic models to help organizations adopt public cloud confidently and also get the best value out of it. For some customers, their choice of cloud is not cost driven, but it is because they want operational efficiency and they want to ensure that they are focused on the business outcome than managing infrastructure.