On Tuesday, Bharti Airtel launched its Cloud computing services using HP’s technology. Through its Cloud Enablement Platform (CLEP), Bharti Airtel will provide hosted SaaS (Software as a Service) and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) to small and large enterprises on a pay-per-use model. In cloud computing, end users are not required to buy software or devices as they are provided by service providers on a rental basis.
Initially, Airtel will offer business solutions like ERP ( Enterprise Resource Planning), accounting packages and storage and compute on the CLEP platform. It further plans to introduce diverse SaaS applications on the same platform especially for small and medium business customers.
Currently, Airtel has 30,000 SMB customers for internet and mobile services and now it will be able to expand that portfolio of services to include accounting software, storage, business software (like pay roll) or even additional computing resources.
Commenting on this launch, Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor said,” Cloud computing market in India is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 40 per cent by 2014. With our end-to-end telecom solutions bundled with the latest technologies like 3G and 4G, Bharti Airtel is poised to lead this space.”
HP will implement and manage Bharti’s CLEP. It has built a CLEP using the HP AP4SaaS, integrated into Bharti Airtel’s existing network system.