AWS Summit 2012; Navigating the Amazon Cloud

AWS_Summit2012   This week I attended AWS Summit 2012 | Navigate the Cloud organized by Amazon Web Services in Mumbai, IN. We have been using AWS cloud to host our own solution: ZilicusPM - online project management software , and we are pretty happy with AWS service so far. It has provided us 99.99% of the uptime/availability. It is a robust, secure, scalable and the cost effective cloud/ IaaS service available. I was so eager to attend this event and talk to AWS guys and meet other folks at the event. There was a great turn-up of developers, co-founders, VCs, Angels to this event. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Wener Vogels, Amazon CTO who talked about AWS and what all things it offers & what we can expect in future. Clearly there are whole host of newer and more features/services will be launched by AWS for its customers in near term. The scale/performance numbers about S3, EC2, etc. as shared by Dr. Wener explained why AWS is considered as market leader in this space. At this event, I got opportunity to talk to couple of CIOs representing India based IT services MNCs. Their interest was to know more about AWS cloud services and how they can leverage AWS cloud to save cost without compromising security aspects. During our discussion I realized that these companies are already using Google Apps to manage their email services, office solutions and few other applications. But it is good to see more adoption of cloud services here in India. Another interesting trend I noticed at this conference was emergence of e-commerce startups. I talked to few fellows entrepreneurs who have launched their ecommerce sites last year and scouting for funding. Even VCs, and angels around have been gung-ho about ecommerce scenario in India. Yet IMO, Venture Capital and Angel Investors scenario in India is yet to evolve. First the numbers is not significant and another, there is still a element of conservatism that plays major role.