A recent commissioned study looking at the Cloud computing plans in the Asia-Pacific region has revealed that organisations in the region are keen to expand their businesses, and cloud computing is part of this plan.
VMware, a virtualisation and Cloud infrastructure solutions provider, recently commissioned Forrester Consulting and ITR to conduct a study about the state of Cloud computing adoption in the Asia-Pacific region with Japan (APJ).
The study results were compiled into the third annual VMware Cloud Index and included responses from 6500 IT professionals across the 11 countries in the region, including Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The study showed that 80 per cent of respondents are considering expanding their business this year up to 2013. With this business optimism despite the global economic concerns, VMware said that this response indicates that there are significant business opportunities as cloud services remain a priority.
VMware also noted a 10 per cent increase in the adoption of cloud in the region as 42 per cent of respondents said they have a related cloud computing initiative in their organisations. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they didn't have a cloud computing initiative in place, but are planning to implement one while another 80 per cent of these who have plans are planning to implement a cloud initiative within the next 18 months.
"The VMware Cloud Index 2012 indicates clear progress - and a new era - of IT transformation in the Asia-Pacific region," said Andrew Dutton, senior vice president and general manager, VMware Asia-Pacific and Japan.
Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said they consider desktop virtualisation as part of their broader cloud initiative as respondents noted the benefits of the technology in their organisations. Seventy-one percent said Cloud computing has made their jobs "less complex" while 68 percent of respondents said Cloud computing keeps them ahead of competition.
VMware also noted a new level of maturity among organisations in the region as 83 percent of respondents said that Cloud helps them empower their businesses by simplifying access to IT resources.
Dutton added that given this readiness of the region to adopt Cloud services, VMWare is ready to support the industries in the region.
The organisations' readiness to adopt cloud services is further indicated by the resources they have already put in their organisation. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they already have the skills and the infrastructure needed to manage a private Cloud infrastructure.
The study also noted a shift in the decision-making powers in the organisation. While CEOs are still considered as the decision-makers when it comes to cloud purchase decisions, the study noted a six per cent drop in responses that the CEOs are the main decision-making process. Only 52 percent of respondents said this task is still the task of the CEO. In contrast, 44 percent of this year's respondents said that the CIO is the final decision-maker for Cloud purchases, up from 39 per cent in 2011 and 35 percent in 2010.
"This shift highlights the increasing need for CIOs to step in to bridge the gap between business and IT functions," VMware said.
The study also noted a rise in cloud adoption among some countries in the region. Among the countries in the region, Australia remains at the top in cloud computing adoption for the third year in a row as 90 percent of respondents said they have already adopted virtualisation.
But cloud computing is also maturing in China. According to the Index's Cloud Barometer Adoption Trend, there is a shift in adoption from 20 per cent last year to 31 per cent this year.
According to the same barometer, Singapore and Japan have seen increases in adoption this year - 51 per cent from 31 per cent in 2011 for Singapore, and 58 per cent from 43 per cent (2011) for Japan.