Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. a social enterprise aimed at bridging the literacy and digital divide in Bangladesh and maximizing information efficiency by the use of information technology, has signed a partnership contract with Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the most widely deployed open source on-premise infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud platform.
For more than 2 years Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. is building it’s own infrastructure on open source technologies. Amadeyr Cloud (ACL) has introduced Amadeyr Tablet, android hand held devices that have been specifically designed and customized by ACL for use by semi literate, and illiterate users. Amadeyr Cloud has successfully run multiple pilot projects in rural areas demonstrating access to information through audio and visual cues.
About Amadeyr Cloud Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. (ACL) was founded by a group of professionals whose expertise focuses on infrastructure projects, project financing, public policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, and enabling creative solutions to complex problems. ACL has over the past 2 years focused on solutions to the problem of bridging the digital and literacy divide in Bangladesh and maximizing information efficiency.
Upon the request of the Government of Bangladesh (GOB), ACL has conceptualized and developed a computerized model for the distribution of farm subsidies to the farmers of Bangladesh. The “Digital Krishi Subsidy Distribution System” or “Agri Input Card/Krishi Card” developed by ACL has been delivered to the GOB for implementation.
About Eucalyptus Systems Eucalyptus Systems provides IT organizations in enterprises, government agencies and Web and mobile businesses with the most widely deployed cloud software platform for on-premise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). To date, over 25,000 Eucalyptus clouds have been started all over the world, including more than 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies. Eucalyptus is specifically designed for enterprise cloud use, and the software platform is uniquely suited for private cloud or hybrid cloud computing. Built as an open source cloud cloud product, Eucalyptus supports the industry-standard Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud APIs, as well as all major virtualization platforms including Xen, KVM and VMware vSphere, ESX and ESXi. The company has an active and growing ecosystem of customers, partners, developers and researchers that benefit from Eucalyptus’ open, fast and standards-compliant path to cloud computing. For more information about Eucalyptus, please visit www.eucalyptus.com.
Adnan Quadri, one of my Amadeyr Cloud (ACL) colleagues was also there to present. He gave the beginning speech and talked about the importance of cloud computing in Bangladesh. How government of Bangladesh can be benefited with cloud computing and why it is really necessary to choose cloud computing as soon as possible.
Then I continued an hour long session. I talked about the importance of open source and why do we need openness in cloud. Then I discussed about Eucalyptus, what it is and who are using it world wide. Then I moved to private cloud, how people are coming to private cloud solution and the benefits of private cloud. Then one of the most important topics came up, why Amazon AWS API? and just after that another most important topic “Openness In Cloud Formula”
After that big topic, again moved to Eucalyptus and it’s features and components. Also discussed about the new features of Eucalyptus 3.0. Showed them the several ways to try out Eucalyptus and concluded my talk by summarizing Eucalyptus platform.
Then again Adnan Quadri came and discussed few Amadeyr Cloud services. He focused on the unique Amadeyr Information Delivery System via Cloud Computing and the Amadeyr Cloud App Market. He also mentioned the Okkhor app, the fantastic app to learn writing Bangla in a very interactive way.
The audience was really fantastic and interactive too. Through out the session we asked few questions and correct answer providers got Eucalyptus t-shirts. One interesting thing I’d like to share, during the session I mentioned the full EUCALYPTUS meaning for once and then after few moments I asked if someone can recall that or not, surprisingly there are few many hands and the first person who raised hand gave the correct answer without any mistake won one t-shirt of course.
Then we had a little question answer session. Finally, our CEO Mr. Imran Ali said few words to the audience about Amadeyr Cloud Ltd. and it’s fundamental objectives.
eASiA 2011, the annual International Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development event with the objective of reinforcing technology and knowledge-centric growth and needs of Asia vis-à-vis Bangladesh, through capitalization of market economy and boosting human development. – e-asia.org
The 5th annual eASiA 2011 took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It was a 3 days long event where 200 speaker from different countries attended. There were 100 exhibitors, 30 seminars and 5 workshops held in the event.
So, I had a chance to observe this even closely. Amadeyr Cloud, the company I am currently working for, had their won stall as a Bangladeshi ICT company who are trying to reach every person on the last mile and deliver information with modern technologies. Me with Adnan sir, Tasbeer vai, Raihan vai, Abir vai were in the stall and described our projects to the visitors. It was a nice experience talking and explaining things to a lot of people.
I also attended two seminars On the 3rd day of the event. One was titled ‘Beyond Connectivity: Sustainable business model for application and content’ where speakers from different countries described the sustainability of their own business model for the under privileged citizen. Mr. Imran Ali, CEO of Amadeyr Cloud also presented one of its pilot projects which was about delivering information to the people who live under poverty line and showed that the barrier of illiteracy can be overcome in case of delivering information. Another session I attended today was ‘Build your own Cloud’ and as I am working on Cloud Computing lately, so this was the session I was really waiting for. Dr. Mumit Khan, Brac University was the moderator of the session. He delivered the idea of including distributed computing and the fundamental cloud computing to the undergrad students. The key technical speaker of the session was Mohammad Zaman, Director – Solution Architecture of VirtuStream, USA. He described Cloud Computing and various cloud ecosystems to the audience. There were two other speakers Shinya Kukita, Ed Franklin, they also talked about the business opportunities involved in cloud computing.
From the beginning to the end we were trying to tell the visitors that, we are not selling those Android Tablets, we were there to demonstrate our projects. With lot of appreciations also there were people who got really angry as we weren’t telling them the price of the tablets 😀
The overall event went really great. All the exhibitors were given a crests from the authority. Brac University students were taking a survey on behalf BRAC using our android tablets and survey software. Many kids used our Akkhor application and wrote letters with happy faces.