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APJ market mature for cloud computing – study

Veronica C. Silva | Nov. 19, 2012
Respondents plan to expand their businesses despite economic concerns, and cloud computing is part of their expansion strategy.

A recent commissioned study looking at the cloud computing plans in the region has revealed that organisations in the region are keen to expand their businesses, and cloud computing is part of this plan.

VMware, a virtualisation and cloud infrastructure solutions provider, recently commissioned Forrester Consulting and ITR to conduct a study about the state of cloud computing adoption in the Asia Pacific region with Japan (APJ). The study results were compiled into the third annual VMware Cloud Index and included responses from 6,500 IT professionals across the 11 countries in the region, including Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The study showed that 80 percent of respondents are considering expanding their business this year up to 2013. With this business optimism despite the global economic concerns, VMware said that this response indicates that there are significant business opportunities as cloud services remain a priority.

VMware also noted a 10 percent increase in the adoption of cloud in the region as 42 percent of respondents said they have a related cloud computing initiative in their organisations. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they didn't have a cloud computing initiative in place, but are planning to implement one while another 80 percent of these who have plans are planning to implement a cloud initiative within the next 18 months.

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"The VMware Cloud Index 2012 indicates clear progress - and a new era - of IT transformation in the Asia Pacific region," said Andrew Dutton, senior vice president and general manager, VMware Asia Pacific and Japan.

Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said they consider desktop virtualisation as part of their broader cloud initiative as respondents noted the benefits of the technology in their organisations. Seventy-one percent said cloud computing has made their jobs "less complex" while 68 percent of respondents said cloud computing keeps them ahead of competition.

VMware also noted a new level of maturity among organisations in the region as 83 percent of respondents said that cloud helps them empower their businesses by simplifying access to IT resources.

Dutton added that given this readiness of the region to adopt cloud services, VMWare is ready to support the industries in the region.

The organisations' readiness to adopt cloud services is further indicated by the resources they have already put in their organisation. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they already have the skills and the infrastructure needed to manage a private cloud infrastructure.


The study also noted a shift in the decision-making powers in the organisation. While CEOs are still considered as the decision-makers when it comes to cloud purchase decisions, the study noted a six-percent drop in responses that the CEOs are the main decision-making process. Only 52 percent of respondents said this task is still the task of the CEO. In contrast, 44 percent of this year's respondents said that the CIO is the final decision-maker for cloud purchases, up from 39 percent in 2011 and 35 percent in 2010.


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