The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is leading the cloud revolution, according to the 2016 Global Cloud Data Security Study by Gemalto. It added that the demand for cloud will grow to US$23.8 billion by 2020, indicating the increased adoption of cloud technology.
While it is good to leave the past behind and start anew in 2017, it is often best to learn from the past to improve the present and be better in future.
With that, here is a quick look at the cloud trends in the APAC region in 2016, and the things that businesses must take note of to reap big benefits from cloud technology this year.
Increasing adoption of hybrid cloud
Almost half of IT leaders (49 percent) in the APAC region are prioritising hybrid cloud over public, and private, according to a survey by Microsoft APAC.
"[The] adoption of hybrid cloud platforms have accelerated [in 2016] as businesses continued their transformation journey. Businesses see automation as critical to improving operations, and that a cloud delivery model offers unprecedented agility, scalability and operational efficiency," said Guy Pozniak, Director for Hybrid Cloud Platforms of Dell EMC in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), in an e-mail interview with CIO Asia.
Guy Pozniak, Director for Hybrid Cloud Platforms of Dell EMC in Asia Pacific
He added that businesses are starting to realise that buying cloud platforms -- instead of building them -- deliver greater time to value and significant cost and risk reduction, especially for the financial services industry (FSI).
"We have seen that the FSI is increasingly adopting hybrid clouds, as they leverage the advantages of public clouds and yet need robust security measures in place to protect sensitive customer information," Pozniak explained.
Running business applications on the cloud
"Looking back on 2016, we saw small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in APAC rapidly adopting cloud-based business applications," said Simon Dale, General Manager of Innovation Sales of SAP in APJ.
Simon Dale, General Manager of Innovation Sales of SAP in APJ
Dale noted that this is driven by the stronger capability to deliver applications on the part of the cloud vendors, and a maturing environment of trust in the ecosystems, especially around implementation capability.
"Cloud service providers are also moving away from traditional infrastructure to modern players who are essential in bringing about competitive costs, scaling and rapid innovations," according to Sathish Murthy, Systems Engineering Manager of Nimble Storage in ASEAN & India.
Sathish Murthy, Systems Engineering Manager of Nimble Storage in ASEAN & India.
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