The Asia Pacific market has become a pressure cooker. A jolt in the regional economy is straining current IT infrastructures. Increasing workloads and incessant demands any time and from anywhere are seeing many traditional infrastructure creaking under pressure.
Decentralized, scalable IT infrastructures is the obvious answer. But getting the expertise, resources and investment to deploy and manage such an infrastructure within the four walls of a corporate is not only expensive but also time and labour intensive. Besides, ripping out old infrastructures in today's cost-conscious environment is a huge gamble for many IT decision makers.
Time to go hybrid
Instead, many in Asia Pacific are taking a keen interest in hybrid clouds, according to a recent survey commissioned by NTT Communications and conducted by IDG Research Services. Entitled Global Market Pulse: Cloud Computing Infrastructure Study, the study examines the opinions of 300 IT decision makers evenly distributed across the US, EMEA (UK) and APAC (Hong Kong and Singapore).
Cloud computing is gaining momentum and APAC is the region to watch in the next 12 months, according to survey results that indicate 31% of APAC IT decision makers plan to implement clouds in the next 12 months; 26% look to pilot-test cloud projects; and 28% have implemented cloud in one or more locations.
Regardless of geographies, improved availability is the top reason quoted by respondents who have cloud plans or have actually them implemented. Flexibility and enhancing disaster recovery capabilities are the close second and third reasons respectively. In Asia Pacific, however, disaster recovery is the top reason behind cloud projects.Nevertheless, all these initiatives and figures suggest that year 2013 will be a tipping point for cloud deployment in the Asia Pacific region.
The case for hybrid clouds
Hybrid cloud, according to the study, is going to be big in Asia. Sixty-five percent of respondents said that they are now using, evaluating, or planning to implement a combination of company-owned and third-party servers.
Additionally, 80% of APAC IT decision makers expect their enterprises to use a mix of in-house and third-party infrastructure in future.
What makes the situation more complicated is that enterprises don't just look at hybrid clouds as those between private and public clouds. They are also looking at them as solutions that bridge the infrastructure gap between clouds and legacy environment that many of enterprises would not or could not virtualize right away due to technical or resources issues.
So why should enterprises go hybrid? And why will hybrid cloud be a buzz in Asia Pacific?
The answers to these questions lie in the real-world advantages of hybrid cloud infrastructure, with the top two being customization and flexibility it allows.
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