In the segment of cloud hosting, India is not lagging behind. 

Cloud computing, like elsewhere in the developed countries has made significant inroads, because IT managers and entrepreneurs alike have realized that cloud makes good sense. 

The Indian IT segment is playing a major role in the global information technology arena by catering to an assortment of verticals including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, educational and more. 

However, the IT sector faces many challenges. These relate to governmental regulations, availability of human resources and finances. 

In such a scenario, companies are making best efforts to maximize profits even under difficult situations. 

In this technology age where most of the operations are digital, IT costs constitute a significant component of business spending. 

Cloud computing holds promise to minimize costs both capital and operative, but the question that is uppermost on the minds of company managers is whether moving to cloud is as simple as some  experts say.  

When it comes to cloud hosting India has companies both large and small that want to harness the benefits of cloud. 

This is understandable, but entrepreneurs before venturing into cloud must appreciate the complexities first. 

Before taking the first step, two important issues may need to be sorted out.

1. How to manage the existing infrastructure

Many businesses have already invested heavily to build their present infrastructure, which is running large applications with myriad users.  Substantial amount of money has been spent on resilient server infrastructure, storage space and software licenses. 
Migration of applications to the cloud can involve passing on licenses to the cloud provider by paying a huge sum of money.

2. Subsidiary applications

Most of the major systems work with auxiliary applications from assorted vendors. Before migrating to cloud, a thought will have to be given on how provisions can be made to give these subsidiary applications the needed connectivity. 

Moreover, several vendors could be involved in running the applications, so it is worthwhile analyzing the existing contracts to find out if the terms allow for support access. 

If at all the option of migrating to cloud is made firm, the next step would be to choose from among many offerings. 

Cloud computing is offered on four platforms. 

- Private cloud: Dedicated to a single organization, private cloud through proprietary architecture deliver virtualized applications, communications and infrastructure services. 

- Public cloud: A service that makes available resources such as applications and storage to the general public over internet. 

- Hybrid cloud: This model offers the best of   both the private and public models. Organizations can retain sensitive data and applications in a private cloud and have access to other computing services in the public cloud. 

- Community cloud: Is a multi-tenant infrastructure shared between several companies having common concerns. 

Companies will have to choose which platform suits their business best while concurrently weighing the hosting costs. 

In the market for Cloud Server, India has many players. Therefore, it makes sense to work out the total cost of cloud hosting considering, among other things, support costs, maintenance costs, backup, licenses, infrastructure expenses and datacenter costs.