A new report from the research firm Frost & Sullivan sheds some light into cloud adoption in the APAC region. According to a new report, Australia continues to lead the adoption of cloud computing in Asia Pacific with 43% of enterprises now using cloud computing in some form and 41% of IT decision makers indicating that cloud computing will be a top priority for them in the current fiscal year. This is not entirely surprising for me because during the recent Suiteworld conference, Netsuite showed a map highlighting how different countries in the world use their services. Clearly, Australia was leading the pack in the region.
Some of the interesting tidbits from the report are:
- 43% of enterprises are now using cloud computing in some form and 41% of IT decision makers indicating that cloud computing will be a top priority for them in the current fiscal year
- Enterprises will continue to be cautious about the type of workloads that they move to the cloud, performing rigorous risk-benefit analysis before doing so
- Server virtualisation and network security will be the enablers that underpin investments in private clouds
- Spending on cloud will increase but in a measured manner. There are still concerns over hidden costs and downtime
- IT departments will continue to be the biggest influencers in cloud-related decisions but more CXOs will either influence the IT department or will get involved in decisions relating to cloud. Also, while some visionary IT managers see cloud as a means of freeing them from performing mundane IT administrative tasks, there is still inherent fear about the impact of cloud computing on IT employment
According to the author of the report, Arun Chandrasekaran, the last 12 months saw significant increase in the cloud adoption at Australia and he expects this trend to continue in the coming year. In fact, APAC is more interesting than the rest of the world when it comes t cloud adoption. Countries like South Korea, China and Japan are investing significant amounts of money on cloud infrastructure. The momentum for cloud is increasing every year and, now, other countries are catching up with US faster than ever before. Don’t get surprised if Australia or South Korea forge ahead of US in the coming years.