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September 8, 2010

Awareness of the cloud on rise among APEJ CIOs: Survey

CIO's now view 'The Cloud' as extension of their sourcing strategies

By CBR Staff Writer

CIOs are now better informed about the cloud market and have become more ready to start making commitments in the cloud space, as compared to the scenario 12 months before, IDC’s APEJ Cloud Computing end user survey 2010 revealed.

The research house said that CIOs are now adding both the public and private cloud delivery models to their services sourcing portfolio, just as they have added outsourced and managed services in the past.

They are also applying the same selectivity to the cloud as they do to other externally sourced services.

IDC’s Asia/Pacific research director of Asia/Pacific IT Services Research Chris Morris said that rather than ‘The Cloud’ being viewed as a collection of new technologies, savvy CIOs now see ‘The Cloud’ as being an extension of their sourcing strategies.

The survey revealed that the ability of cloud services to deliver IT cost savings continues to remain the top benefit identified by the respondents, while other factors, especially in the mature markets, are also rated highly.

IDC said that enterprises remain most concerned about security, performance and control of data when considering cloud adoption.

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Many users, when faced with technologies which they have limited experience in, are considering external located private clouds.

Morris said that the recent uncertain economic conditions have accelerated interest in cloud delivery models because of their ability to deliver IT and business services at a much lower capital outlay.

"This is the key factor in which cloud services are now being evaluated," Morris said.

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