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'India, China will drive internet'

MENLO PARK, CALIFORNIA: Arguing that Asia's huge populations will be the future drivers of the Internet, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz said he expected the bulk of the server maker's revenues in five years to come from the Asia Pacific (Apac) region, much of that from India and China.

Schwartz said the region, the fastest growing for Sun, is likely to account for 40% of its revenues by 2012. The region contributed 17% of the company's $14 billion revenues reported last year, but the region saw an over 11% growth in revenues in the year, almost twice that of Sun's overall growth.

"Five years ago, if you had to set up a data centre, it had to be in Manhattan, or may be in the Bay Area. But in the coming years, given the talent, resources and needs, most data centres will be in Apac," Schwartz said.

The internet momentum, he said, is "shifting from wealthy countries to heavily populated ones like China, India and Indonesia". With the explosion of social networking sites, the largest users of the internet today, he noted, are teenagers. He said the internet is also being creatively used by varied institutions to bring services to people in poorer countries who are otherwise difficult to reach out to.

"The internet is the most powerful social utility the world has ever seen. And countries with higher populations will use the internet more," he said, indicating that demand for Sun's products and services - including data centres that combine computing power and storage spaces and which are the heart of the internet world - will see a corresponding traction in the Apac region that accounts for 65% of the world's population.

Schwartz sees a massive growth in developer community in the Apac region. India's developer numbers are expected to rival that of US in a couple of years. In Sun's developer network, India and China account for over a million of developers, nearly 50% of total worldwide number. "Where the world's developers are, that's where growth is likely to be the most. It creates a lot of economic and partnership opportunities," he said.

Schwartz has been the architect of Sun's drive to make its products, including Java, Solaris open source, a strategy put in place about a year and a half ago. The belief is this would encourage a wide swathe of developers to use these products to develop applications, which in turn would generate demand for Sun's internet infrastructure and services.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/I...ow/2332060.cms
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