Founder Interview: Minjar
We caught up with Prashant Gyan, COO – Minjar Cloud Solutions for his perspectives on the firm, cloud and startups.
Cloud is a popular term these days, can you give a brief overview of what Minjar is and what are the services it provides?
Minjar provides Cloud and Big data consulting services including assessment, design, migration, implementation and review audits to help companies leverage the business value and benefits offered by Cloud computing. We are an Advanced Consulting and Channel Partner for Amazon Web Services. We have over 40+ engineers focused on Cloud and Big data consulting for AWS with offices in Bangalore, Austin (USA) and Singapore.
Minjar Consulting Services
• Cloud Readiness Assessment – Business and Technical assessment for review of existing applications, key dependencies, compliance, data security, and governance and SLA requirements to assess cloud migration feasibility and prepare a roadmap.
• Cloud Implementation – Provide design, applications migrations, proof-of-concept, setup disaster recovery, business continuity and best practices implementation with robust and high availability cloud infrastructure.
• Cloud Optimization – Review existing applications for scalability, availability and security to optimize the applications to take advantage of the Cloud infrastructure.
• Cloud Managed Services – Complete IT management services on Cloud including production support, 24*7 monitoring and incident management.
• Big data and Analytics – Product engineering services to build analytics products, performance consulting to optimize for cost and migration of existing solutions to Cloud. We have implemented Cloud-based solutions and migrations for several Fortune 500 companies in retail, e-commerce, and pharmaceutical space, maintaining highest benchmarks for performance, security, compliance and availability.
You have been in this domain for some time now, how have you seen the sector evolve?
Everyone wants to focus on their core business. However, before AWS came into picture, server procurement, networking and maintenance were mandatory for running the business itself. Since there was no other option available.
Now with AWS, businesses are getting an option to offload the server management and everyone is taking it positively as it saves both cost and time.
What we have seen till now is just the tip of the iceberg. All the companies who have either their own datacenter or a private cloud – when their time to renew their hardware will come – they will have a choice to move on to AWS or invest in renewing their hardware. Making a decision between investing millions to procure hardware and pay as you go model – the decision makers will have a tough time going for renewal of hardware of their own datacenter.
Usual life of hardware is around 4 years and we have already started observing this trend in the industry. Next few years will see massive growth in such migrations.
Security of data is often used as an argument against cloud hosting, what is your take on it?
This is more a perception than reality. AWS comply with major security and data protection regulators – https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/
For an organization to become compliant with all these regulators it’s a difficult job. And due to that many organization do not opt for these certifications.
When they come on AWS they at least know that their environment is on a data-center which already has all these certifications.
What is AWS in a nutshell and what do startups have to gain from it?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services that enable users to run virtually everything in the cloud: from enterprise applications and big data projects to social games and mobile apps.
They have a suit of web services and anyone can use it on a Pay-as-you-go model. The services range from Compute and networking, Storage, Databases, Services and Big data
Are you planning to go global with your services or is India a big enough market for you at this time?
Yes we already have our presence in US and Singapore. We are also exploring other regions to expand.
What tips would you like to give to budding entrepreneurs?
Whether you run a product or a service company, staying lean is the key. If you burden yourself while you are starting, it will become that much difficult to iterate and pivot. It may not be easy to forecast technological changes, but if you are flexible and lean you would be able to adapt to them much faster than your competition.