Many Asia Pacific decision makers see flexibility offered by hybrid cloud--as compared to restrictions brought by third-party vendors--as a huge advantage when it comes to service provision. Enterprises' biggest fear is often related to: customization and flexibility (51%); security (47%); availability of in-house IT infrastructure (43%); and necessary skill set/training (39%). Hybrid clouds offer an ideal solution that addresses all these concerns.
Spotlight on network virtualization
A clogged pipeline will be a major roadblock for firms that rely on networks to access their services and data. Survey respondents are concerned about capacity limitations (75%) and possible downtime when changing network configurations (73%). These are also key critical success factors when it comes to evaluating, planning or implementing cloud services.
All these factors are driving strong interest in network virtualization. Benefits such as availability, redundancy, quick recovery from hardware failures, and the ability to reallocate unused bandwidth for better utilization are wanted by the Asia Pacific IT decision maker community. In fact, the region's top IT decision makers said that they have a strong interest in cloud computing that includes a virtualized network service for improved performance (68%) and reliability (64%).
Asian trends that matter
Asia Pacific's fascination for hybrid clouds could not have come at a better time.
With strong GDP growth, and trends such as mobility and IT consumerization shaping purchasing behavior and productivity, many enterprises are experiencing growing pains. Traditional IT infrastructures are ill-prepared to meet on-demand requirements and respond rapidly to changing business needs.
Fully aware that they can't manage everything by themselves, many enterprises look to bank on the expertise and services of third-party vendors. At the same time, they look to implement highly flexible IT strategies that are also cost-efficient.
Hybrid clouds, especially those that come with a virtualized network service, can help Asia Pacific enterprises gain control, scale to dynamic requirements, and deliver highly customizable solutions to meet on-demand expectations. According to survey results, most IT decision makers in the region are already taking a hard look at all these.
High satisfaction level is also pushing interest to new heights. According to the survey, Asia Pacific IT decision makers report high levels of satisfaction with the effectiveness brought by their cloud investments. Flexibility and improved scalability are results of their cloud projects, these respondents pointed out.
This offers an ideal opportunity for global cloud service providers that have their own datacenters and offer virtualized network services as well as a strong value proposition for enterprises who want to alleviate their growing pains, capture market opportunities quickly and demand a highly secure and controlled infrastructure. As key partners, they also offer expertise and experience to shape new IT strategies to meet new demands from customers, stakeholders, and regulators.
As deployment and proponents multiply in the Asia Pacific region, hybrid clouds are well poised to become the regional enterprises' secret for success.
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