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"All software vendors now or in the near future will need to have "born of the cloud" capabilities in addition to on-premise," observed Shashi "Sash" Purohit, Founder, President & CTO of Ambernet, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo conference chairs Larry Carvalho and Vanessa Alvarez. V"endors will need to develop multi-tenancy, improved security and other features to support true SaaS deployment. There are a lot of vendors that offer "hosted" deployments as the basis of their SaaS offer."

Cloud Computing Journal: How are cloud standards playing a role in expanding adoption among users? Are standards helping new business models for service providers?

Shashi "Sash" Purohit: The National Institute of Standard & Technology (NIST) was instrumental in setting the stage for the adoption of Cloud Services in both the public and private sectors. We believe standards help create a rallying point for vendors, service providers and end users to work from. They help create confidence and validate choices and decisions that separate market leaders from others. Most buyers like to know that they are working with thought leaders who have invested time, money, and effort to secure the right approach that is standards compliant. Standards help reduce "short-cuts" and create motivation for the industry to work from. As an example, just look at what the FedRamp Standards/Certification process has done for public markets. It has really started the ball rolling to ensure security, compliance, governance, and other important criteria that makes it possible for agencies to buy with confidence. We offer a Cloud Management & Brokerage product that is based on industry standards including NIST and ITIL, yet offers unique differentiating features.

Cloud Computing Journal: How are hybrid clouds evolving to allow the coexistence of private and public clouds? What are the challenges to meeting a true hybrid cloud scenario?

Purohit: Hybrid is the new normal. We expect those organizations with cloud footprints to want multiple choices and different levels of computing capability running a variety of different workloads. We believe the key to deploying a successful hybrid cloud scenario is implementing the right cloud management system - one that allows for complete governance and compliance; handles integration brokerage; orchestration; visibility; products and services catalog; chargeback/showbacks and other important features.

Cloud Computing Journal: Are on-premise software vendors successfully migrating their business model to a SaaS model? What are the challenges faced in this journey?

Purohit: All software vendors now or in the near future will need to have "born of the cloud" capabilities in addition to on-premise. Vendors will need to develop multi-tenancy, improved security and other features to support true SaaS deployment. There are a lot of vendors that offer "hosted" deployments as the basis of their SaaS offer. In the future these same vendors will need to support multi-tenancy and offer software that is infrastructure independent to meet the demands of the market.

Cloud Computing Journal: With several vendors lowering costs for infrastructure, is there a way for new cloud service providers entering this space to make money?

Purohit: We think the market will continue to grow quickly and can support new entrants even with price point pressure. But the challenge will be to create unique value-add abilities on top of bare metal, capacity and storage. As an example, if a new entrant wants to compete with some of the public cloud giants, it can't be on their own terms. The new entrants will need to find creative and unique ways to create a niche. For example, they may need to focus on a specific market segment with unique workload requirements, develop or procure more effective cloud management tools, and/or bundle their services with high value professional services.

Cloud Computing Journal: How do projects like Open Compute and the concept of web scale IT impact the way enterprises think about managing their infrastructure and IT environment?

Purohit: With any big market with high velocity adoption there are going to be great initiatives and programs that create even more momentum and justification to embrace change. Right now the industry is still working to optimize how to secure the economic potential and benefits of cloud services. We believe that when cloud infrastructure becomes even more open, available and commoditized that there will be a greater need for enterprises to adopt an infrastructure-independent and service-aware cloud management solution. More choice and more options will inevitably create a greater variety of cloud services. This is called service-aware cloud management.

Cloud Computing Journal: What are the challenges for end users to adopt a new model for application development using Platform as a Service? Are vendors doing enough to meet their needs?

Purohit: Some of the big anchor vendors are pushing really hard to secure market leadership in this area. We are seeing choices that are creating dependency on the selected vendors once an enterprise selects the app dev environment. Really not sure this is going to be the long-term approach given the fact that developers and architects will want to avoid lock-in and have more flexibility to make the best choices. We believe the long-term goal for all things cloud is as much portability as possible in the easiest possible manner.

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With 20 years of experience in the IT & Telecommunications (OSS/BSS) industries in a variety of leadership/management positions, Shashi is a proven software veteran. Shashi leads Ambernet globally, and also drives product strategy/roadmap and software engineering for CloudTruOps, our Next Generation Operational Automation Software Portfolio for Cloud Service providers, Data Centers, Enterprises and Agencies. Past companies include Architel Systems, Nortel Networks, and World Wide Packets. Shashi has BS and MS degrees in Physics, Computer Science, and Management (MBA) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, and University of Colorado, Boulder.

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