When I talk to a number of people one of the recurring themes I find is that Cloud is most suited to mid and smaller firms. Enterprises are more concerned about data security and ownership and will not adopt cloud as they can easily afford to spend a lot on data centres and infrastructure.
But looks like this is more a urban legend, because the recession seems to have changed the dynamics for everyone, including the big enterprise.
In just a year, we have grown to over 200 services for our platform, more than doubled our customer base (now at 250,000) and are seeing an average of 1,000 new customers per day.
we continue to double compute and storage capacity every six to nine months and are simultaneously expanding into Japan, Australia and China (operated by 21Vianet).
With over four trillion objects in Windows Azure and an average of 270,000 requests per second, customer requirements grow and are met daily. In peak periods, demand can grow to a staggering 880,000 requests per second.
Flipkart’s digital music service was closed on the 16th of this month. It was a wonderful effort to get legal digital music into the hands of Indians, but as per Flipkart’s email it was not a viable business.
What I really liked about Flyte (I was a heavy user), is that is allowed access to legal versions of music in non-DRM MP3 format. This was a big deal for me as I use multiple devices (Zune, PC, XBox, PS3 etc.) to access my music.
I really liked this service, but till people believe in buying legal music, businesses like these are not going to succeed and people have to fall back on piracy.
Currently I am unable to find a equivalent service that will provide something like this. Even though there are some free music services, most of them are aimed at streaming music (following the free with Ads model) and even ones that allow some kind of download, provide low quality downloads. (Flyte usually provided 320K versions for most music). Or you can go to iTunes, where you get DRMed music.
I really hope that Amazon brings its digital music business to India, now that amazon.in is live. They already have the infrastructure running, so I assume the will just have to get the Indian music rights/agreements in place. So even if the business does not make a lot of money their investments are limited. Fingers crossed…