Australia at the forefront of Cloud adoption: HDS

Storage and Cloud vendor finds that uptake of the technology locally has been “aggressive”

Australia is ahead of the curve in terms of Cloud adoption, according to Hitachi Data Systems solutions and Cloud vice president, Miklos Sandorfi.

Sandorfi has seen significant adoption of the technology by private enterprises, as well as on the public side in terms of MSPs or service providers.

“The Cloud is an amorphous thing, where it means a lot of things to a lot of people,” he said. “We try to keep it simple with the categories of self service, pay as you go, and scalability.”

When looking at those three different areas in terms of the maturity of the Cloud, Sandorfi finds that Australia is a market leader, as on the private side there is “a sense of conservatism” in the Americas and particularly Europe.

“The mindset is not to move too quickly and that it’s a different way of deploying from what they’ve done with traditional IT, so it is better to take it step by step,” he said.

In Australia, Sandorfi said the approach to adoption is “far more aggressive.”

“The private Cloud is seen as a more comfortable way to get to those three characteristics than ripping out what you have and going with some service provider,” he said.

Trendsetter

Large financial, insurance and mining companies may have been pegged as laggards when it came to the Cloud, but Sandorfi said they were actually the leaders in that type of adoption in Australia.

“Their view is quite simple in that they want to drive their business faster, and they view this type of technology shift as a way for them to accomplish that,” he said.

What Sandorfi said has been unique to the Australian market is the concept of a “managed private Cloud,” where it is not quite public but it is not run in a dedicated datacentre.

“You’re working with a trusted MSP who will run a private Cloud for you,” Sandorfi said.

“So you have more comfort when it comes to privacy, but you get to leverage the MSP in terms of having better buying power and more specific skills around management.”

While that trend was unique to Australia for some time, Sandorfi said that he is seeing it now take place globally.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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