Photo - Thiban Darmalingam, the Regional Manager of Barracuda in Malaysia
According to cloud-enabled security and storage company Barracuda Networks' new survey, there are signs of increasing cloud adoption by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Asean region but security concerns remain an issue.
Commenting on the company's June 2016 online survey, Thiban Darmalingam, the regional manager of Barracuda in Malaysia, said 130 IT professionals from SMEs located in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia also reported that while "cloud is now achieving heavy adoption, the overall sentiment is that SMEs lack a clear strategy in their approach to cloud implementations."
The survey showed that while 20 percent of responders were already extensively using cloud services, 71 percent said that they are not likely to adopt a cloud first strategy, said Darmalingam.
Cloud adoption seemed to be high overall, but appetite to move the entire data centre to cloud was still limited, he said.
Meanwhile, 69 percent of participants reported having no preference on cloud use, which showed a prevailing resistance to cloud adoption from Asean SMEs.
Darmalingam said, "A Cloud First strategy is a new development in the SME industry where, businesses prioritise moving as much of their IT processes to a cloud platform in order to minimise the on-premises foot print. So while SMEs are starting to add cloud as a part of their strategy, they are not necessarily pushing everything to cloud just yet."
He said one of the key findings from the survey was that almost three quarters (73 percent) of SMEs still felt their data "is most secure when under their own IT department rather than under a cloud service provider."
However, SMEs in the region are showing signs of realising that cloud providers have implemented enterprise level security standards to provide cost effective security to SMEs.
The survey results also highlight the fact that 28 percent of respondents identified backup and data recovery as their biggest concern when moving to cloud, while 26 percent identified security as their biggest concern during migration to cloud.
Darmalingam said more than more than 50 percent of Asean SMEs said their biggest concerns of cloud migration were centred on security and data protection.
"At Barracuda, our backup solutions have evolved with the needs of our customers. While businesses have been working hard with the explosion of Big Data, shrinking IT budgets, increased mobility; Barracuda remains on track in providing innovative, powerful, affordable and easy-to-use backup solutions that enable our customers to confidently protect their data," he said.
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