Service-based computing models will rule in 5 years
By Asia Cloud Forum staff 20-May-2010
In a recent poll conducted on 100 IT executives, 92% of the survey respondents agreed that businesses based in the Asia region will adopt cloud computing services in the next five years.
HP today announced the results of its snap poll conducted on 100 delegates at Cloud Asia 2010 last week. Attendees of the industry event unanimously agreed that cloud computing is set to rule amongst enterprises in Asia.
The surveyed delegates included members of both local and overseas academic institutions, as well as representatives from research institutes and laboratories in public and private industry sectors (including biomedical, digital media, physical sciences and manufacturing).
Chris Whitney (picture), director of HP Labs Singapore, said, “It was clearly evident at Cloud Asia 2010 that many Asian companies are seriously considering the cloud and are well versed on the benefits it can deliver, as adoption to date has been very much based on a wait-and-see approach.”
“The next couple of years will be crucial for the growth of cloud computing in the region. I strongly advise enterprises based in Asia to look beyond best practices and successful blueprints from other parts of the world and to adopt cloud computing services and infrastructures that fit the diverse environment we have here,” said Whitney.
Over two thirds (68%) of the 100 delegates surveyed are even more optimistic regarding the uptake of cloud technologies, expecting to see widespread adoption of cloud computing services amongst Asian enterprises within the next three years. Furthermore, two-thirds (66%) of respondents say that their company is planning to implement a cloud computing platform in the same time frame.
Three-quarters of survey respondents (75%) attribute this to the fact that cloud computing brings scalable flexibility to IT operations and 68% cite cost reduction as a major benefit of cloud computing. Furthermore, just over half of respondents (54%) observe the fact that cloud computing removes the need for regular hardware upgrades and 42% look forward to the uptake of cloud computing as the catalyst for allowing a more collaborative working model in today’s global enterprise.
One in three (30%) survey respondents reported that the principal obstacle to the uptake of cloud computing is security concerns, with 82% of those surveyed citing data privacy as a top concern. Although the majority (88%) of delegates surveyed agreed that IT managers are aware of the overall benefits that cloud computing can bring, a significant 20% admitted it is a lack of understanding at the CXO level that is currently holding enterprises back from adopting cloud technology.