A new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6 percent of organisation decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months.
In Hong Kong, 95 percent of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4 percent are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9 percent are looking to enhance and 20.7 percent to augment their existing IT environment.
"With virtually all enterprises now currently using or in the process of adopting cloud computing - and seeing real business benefits - understanding and decision-making around cloud is rapidly maturing and evolving. We noted increasing conversations in leveraging the advantage of hybrid IT environments to deliver the agility and flexibility of cloud computing while maintaining security, control, and visibility over the last six months," said Emmanuel Bonnassie, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, F5.
"To fully benefit from a hybrid infrastructure, IT silos must be broken down, applications and supporting services must be abstracted from infrastructure so they can be seamlessly and automatically provisioned across multiple parts of a hybrid environment, offering businesses greater agility, scalability, and freedom," he added.
Titled "The New Language of Cloud Computing," the study - conducted in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan - also showed a strong understanding of the actual benefits of cloud services beyond cost-savings, particularly in driving business model innovation and experimentation without increasing capital expenditure or other risks.
Three out of four decision-makers agree that cloud services are a solution to "faster speed to market and increase competitiveness;" while 70 percent agree that cloud computing "is a critical component in any business transformation strategy."
The study also outlines an A-B-C-D framework that identifies four key factors shaping today's enterprise cloud services decisions:
- Applications: enterprises are increasingly outsourcing strategic and core workloads to the cloud, including mission critical applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and security
- Business decision-makers: the role of non-IT business leaders in cloud services planning and procurement is expanding
- Customers: discussions on cloud adoption are shifting from business-centric to customer-centric, focusing on how cloud services can enhance the value and experience delivered to customers
- Defense: security and privacy of IT environments remain a key focus, with 68% identifying security as the biggest impediment in adopting cloud services
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