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April 7, 2011

Asia-Pacific cloud services adoption accelerating in 2011, says IDC

Cloud computing as a way of delivering existing and new business services

By CBR Staff Writer

The adoption of cloud services is continuing to mature in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region, with the region emerging from the economic uncertainties of 2009 and 2010 with increased enthusiasm for cloud computing as a way of delivering existing and new business services, according to a new report by IDC.

The report ‘Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Cloud Services and Technologies 2011 Top 10 Predictions: Dealing with Mainstream Cloud’ revealed that the use of cloud technologies for IT infrastructure will accelerate rapidly in 2011.

The usage of cloud technologies will accelerate as new cloud services are brought to market, and users will look beyond the basics of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to source business services that will enable their organisation to take advantage of recovering markets more quickly.

The research firm said that most of the enterprise IT ‘stack’ is now available via cloud models in the form of infrastructure, platforms and Applications-as-a-Service.

However, as the cloud delivery model is maturing, IDC expects the next layers being delivered via cloud models including: business processes, consulting, design and management.

IDC Asia-Pacific cloud technologies and services research director Chris Morris said the end-game of the trend is an IT framework where business managers can fully manage, procure and consume all the services, processes and systems they require in order to run their business in the best and most agile way possible.

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"And in this framework, none of these will be seen as or consumed as ‘IT’ but merely seen as necessary services," Morris said.

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