Infosys is bringing automation in new and innovative ways across the board through the use of the cloud. Being no stranger to the cloud, as it has been using the cloud since 2008, Infosys would be a good case study for the optimization and automation that cloud technologies can bring to companies. With reinvention fast becoming the only mantra to stay afloat in the tough economic scenario, Infosys has chosen to rely on the cloud.
The cloud enables Infosys to get closer to their IT users, its partner ecosystem and also to their clients. Muralikrishna K, Vice President and head of the Computers and Communication Division of Infosys was quoted as saying, “It is about harvesting different cloud forms for developing and co-creating a concept including the go-to market and one that is primarily focused on building the whole lifecycle.”
Concept development and co-creation triggered an investment of over 4 million USD with a focus on hardware and some channels that lead to software development in the last three years. Muralikrishna, believed that the amount would be matched in the future as the cloud technologies received increasing support from the market.
He was quoted as saying, “The key intention of implementing the cloud was security and experience, not cost. In terms of real estate, at one third the cost of the current data center, it enables to energize around 3,000 to 4,000 virtual server class machines.”
The cloud technologies within Infosys is built in an elaborate stack of clouds. The three clouds are the
- internal cloud, also called MyCloud for collaboration and development
- Collab Cloud for internal partners and users
- And a production cloud that is known as the Datacenter Microcosm developed for the use of Infosys’ clients.
These cloud technologies from Infosys are currently being leveraged by over 40 customers.
Understanding the Cloud in Infosys
An Infosys case study will bring immense understanding of the distinct application of cloud that the company relies on. Muralikrishna explained the cloud technologies in action when he said, “MyCloud is a very Intranet-focused cloud, which enables us to easily develop 50 to 100 virtual servers in 15 minutes, provisioned and configured for projects with full control to start and stop the servers.
It is completely integrated to our project management system and helps in identifying who is working on a particular project so that only that particular individual is given access. Collab Cloud is about how Infosys works with research bodies, customers, and technology partners where they actually co-create a database to share IP.
Infosys does not allow any external resource to come into the network and develop this. Through Collab Cloud, Infosys has its own security card called INA Card where the IP is created and Infosys ensures how best it can be used.
Finally, Datacenter Microcosm is a production cloud purposed to serve application and solutions developed by various business units (Infosys IP), leveraging cloud deployment models, powering Infosys non-linear growth engines.”
Understanding the cloud impact on Infosys
A case study on Infosys with regard to the use of cloud technologies would show that the company as a whole has seen infrastructure optimization owing to the use of the cloud. When it comes to the actual application of the cloud technologies, Infosys has moved a couple of its applications to the Microsoft Azure platform. The applications that were moved to the Azure platform include video conferencing, corporate applications, web conferencing and audio conferencing.
Further, Infosys is using the private cloud capabilities to host IT services for its partners through the hosting of its CAPEX- intensive internal IT and hybrid cloud services. Automation therefore seems to be the keyword especially since the test and development environments have been automated. If one were to look at numbers alone for experience and adoption, Infosys has achieved through the use of cloud technologies, 85% utilization. Energizing environments with cloud modules has saved Infosys nearly 82%.