Snapdeal today announced that it has launched its own private cloud platform called Snapdeal Cirrus.
In a statement, the company has said that the platform is built on open source with OpenStack at the centre. Hybrid cloud Snapdeal Cirrus spans across three data centre regions, with a highly dense server architecture of 100,000 cores, 16 PB of storage, and a robust 100G SDN infrastructure — an investment made by very few companies globally.
Built and launched in a year, it aims to handle long-term growth in traffic. This initiative has been launched so as to ensure that business growth is augmented with platform speed, security, and stability.
The company said,
The addition of Snapdeal Cirrus to Snapdeal’s innovative technology platform is expected to yield not just great cost savings, but will also lead to exponential performance gains across its applications, providing a still more reliable and frictionless experience to customers across India.
Commenting on the launch, Rajiv Mangla, Chief Technology Officer, Snapdeal, said, “Snapdeal was born in the cloud, but public clouds stop being cost efficient after a scale, which became the case for Snapdeal sometime last year. In a short span of 10 months, we have succeeded in building an extremely resilient, scalable and secure solution. We are extremely proud of what our team has achieved — Snapdeal Cirrus is one of the few successful examples globally of a large hybrid cloud built at a scale of public cloud, purely using open source technologies like OpenStack and Ceph.”
Last year, even Flipkart was reported to have been planning to ramp up its technology infrastructure with an investment of around $10 million to build a private cloud. However, there has been no official statement regarding the same.
Snapdeal’s other recent initiatives
Last week, Snapdeal had announced Snapdeal Gold, a free service which needs no registration. This came on the heels of the launches of Amazon Prime and Flipkart Assured, a quality and speed assurance programme aiming to ensure the delivery of high quality products in a maximum of four days.
Snapdeal Gold ensures that the customer gets free next-day delivery in select areas, and standard free delivery everywhere else. Also, returns can be made in 14 days instead of the usual seven days.
The company also plans to strengthen its logistics by opening six logistics hubs, with three centres in the Delhi-NCR region and one each in Lucknow, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
It had recently also integrated fashion and lifestyle products marketplace Exclusively.in with its platform.
The fight for market share has been clearly intensifying and it is no secret that all the e-commerce companies are revamping their services. Jabong’s acquisition by Flipkart- owned Myntra, Amazon’s surge in investments, Paytm’s funding which was announced yesterday, and Alibaba’s vivid interest in the Indian market have undeniably triggered ripples and further intensified the whole e-commerce war.