Australia still leads the Asia-Pacific region in Cloud adoption, according to a VMware commissioned study.
The company’s annual commissioned study, Cloud Computing in Asia Pacific: The Annual Cloud Maturity Index (October 2011) found 67 per cent of respondents had Cloud initiatives in place – up from 60 per cent in 2010.
The survey polled 6141 business decision-makers across Asia-Pacific including 1078 respondents in Australia across multiple vertical sectors. It showed that Australian businesses view the technology primarily as a strategic business investment (47 per cent) compared with all other markets, which view it as a route to cost savings.
The research found that Australia’s top barrier to Cloud adoption is concern around data privacy and control, replacing security – which topped the list in the same survey last year.
Data privacy concerns rated higher in Australia than any other country in the region.
There was also a shift towards hybrid Cloud adoption comparing to last year.
The percentage of Australian organisations expecting to leverage both private and public Clouds increased from 39 per cent in 2010 to 43 per cent in 2011.
Another sign of the Australian market’s increased maturity is the decreased focus on cost reduction than in other markets.
Only 33 per cent of Australian respondents were looking to use Cloud purely to save on software costs, 27 per cent wanted to save on services and 31 per cent on IT staffing.
“Businesses do not want to fall foul of Australia’s privacy regulations, and they want to know exactly where their data is at any given time. We know that this is a concern for Australia,” VMware A/NZ managing director, Duncan Bennet, said.
He stated that currently 28 per cent of Australian organisations have over 80 per cent of their production applications running in a virtualised environment, up from 22 per cent in 2010 and comparing to a regional average of 11 per cent.
The survey is vendor-sponsored and should be approached as such.
VMware also announced the expansion of its portfolio of management solutions – unveiling enhancements to VMware vCenter Operations and introducing new VMware vFabric Application Management and VMware IT Business Management suites.
The latest VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite aims to converge management disciplines with deeper integration of VMware vCenter Capacity IQ and VMware vCenter Configuration Manager.
It includes new dashboards and smart alerts and new application awareness capabilities that automatically discover and map the relationships and dependencies between applications and the infrastructure components that support them.
The new vFabric Application Management Suite includes two new solutions, vFabric AppDirector and vFabric Application Performance Manager that integrate application disciplines to unite and streamline developer and operations efforts.
The new VMware IT Business Management Suite is based on technologies from VMware’s June 2011 acquisition of Digital Fuel, to optimise the business value of IT investments.
It includes three modules: IT Finance Manager, IT Service Level Manager and IT Vendor Manager and together, they aggregate data from a wide range of financial sources, apply analytics and modeling to offer a result into IT capital, operating and service expenses.