With information technology (IT) becoming more affordable and accessible, a Texas, US-based company said it has become the "fifth utility" in homes, classifying IT as something similar to traditional utilities such as electricity, water, and gas.
Rackspace, which offers hosting and cloud computing services, recently came out with its list of top 10 IT trends in the Asia Pacific. The list, which the company calls "The Birthday List", is based on what the company has noted as trends "shaping the industry and making IT even more prominent and important in the lives of individuals and businesses in the region."
The list was released in time for the company's third anniversary in the region.
"We opened our first AP data centre in Fo Tan, Hong Kong, on 8 September 2008," said Jim Fagan, vice president and managing director, Rackspace Asia Pacific. "Our first annual list, The Birthday List, is our birthday present to our customers and the AP community."
On the top of the list is, as expected, outsourcing, but especially infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), which the company expects to increase even more in the AP market. It is backed by a Frost & Sullivan estimate that IaaS could reach US$1.4 billion in 2017.
But more significantly, Rackspace noted that the second top IT trend in the region is the shift towards IT commodisation, making IT something of a "household item".
"We at Rackspace call IT 'the fifth utility' because it's becoming affordable, accessible and accessible to all -- just like electricity, gas, telephony and water," said Fagan.
The other IT trends in the list include:
3. The growth of applications from AP-based companies which are branching out globally. "Don't be surprised if small, local SaaS companies today become the names of tomorrow," predicts Rackspace.
4. The growth of data centres. Rackspace quoted Dell as believing that the cloud computing market in Asia will reach US$4.2 billion by 2014.
5. Employment opportunities are aplenty in the region despite the global recession, said Rackspace, as consumers still purchase and need mobile phones, servers and apps.
6. More support for open source cloud computing, especially through the OpenStack Project, which was founded by Rackspace and NASA.
7. Disaster recovery, privacy, data sovereignty based on lessons learnt from the Japan earthquake last March, hacking incidents and local incidents such as the e-strike at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
8. Green IT
9. Hybrid IT hosting
"We look forward to compiling many more Birthday Lists to come as we continue to bring unparalleled service, service level agreements (SLAs), support and guidance to the AP region," Fagan added.
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