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Ron Goh, Vice President and General Manager, VMware ASEAN
2014 marked the transformation of IT, shifting from a cost center to a center of business intelligence. Cloud, Big Data analytics and enterprise mobility remained as priorities for businesses as findings from the 2014 Cloud Readiness Index revealed positive uptake of technology as a region. This was also the year the region saw aggressive adoption of ICT focused initiatives by various governments across ASEAN, ranging from Smart Nation building in Singapore to Indonesia's masterplan to strengthen the region's infrastructure in preparation for ASEAN Economic Community 2015.
As we move into 2015, the region is forecasted to kick off with a strong start as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects a solid year for ASEAN with 5.6% growth, up from 4.6% in 2014. 2015 is also seen as the milestone year where the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is set to take flight. For a region as diverse as ASEAN, an economic integration calls for the strengthening of IT to ensure cohesive collaboration and integration.
A software-defined approach to managing IT may be the answer to business productivity and agility. Research shows that deploying the right tools can have a positive business impact with streamlining capital expenditures by up to 70 percent and an overall improvement in IT productivity by as much as 200 percent. As such, VMware outlines the following three key areas of IT deployment businesses must consider in 2015 to building the software-defined enterprise:
Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)
Software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security will start to mature. After all, according to an IDC whitepaper commissioned by VMware in October 2014 entitled, "Empowering Organizations in a Software Defined World", businesses across ASEAN will be able to avoid almost US$7 billion by 2020.
Simply being able to virtualize some servers has a limited value, but when combined with a highly automated infrastructure, IT departments can deliver a degree of IT agility that the business has been demanding.
According to IDC, integrated infrastructure and platforms will grow 26 percent and reach US$1.47 billion in 2015. To deal with the rapidly changing demands of digital business and scale systems up - or down - rapidly, computing has to move away from static to dynamic models.
Across region, according to the VMware APJ Cloud Index 2013, around two-thirds of IT decision-makers have told us they intend to invest most heavily in private and hybrid clouds. In a similar vein, IDC analysts predict that the hybrid cloud will be the choice data center infrastructure in 2015. By end of 2015, 20-25 percent of enterprises will be in a hybrid cloud environment with SDDC and/or integrated infrastructure.
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