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Indian organisations showing very strong inclination towards private cloud

Team YS
17th Mar 2011
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EMC-sponsored study on cloud adoption reveals that Hybrid clouds are set to become the norm in 2011 as cloud computing gains stronger foothold across Asia Pacific

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), a leading provider in information infrastructure solutions, announced the results of an IDC White Paper sponsored by EMC: “Hybrid Cloud on the Rise: A Key Strategy to Business Growth in Asia Pacific”.

The study revealed that today 53 percent of organizations surveyed in Asia Pacific are already currently using some form of cloud, or actively researching and testing cloud services, while the remaining 47 percent of organizations have plans to adopt private and/or public cloud services at some point in the next 12 months. At an India level, while 14 percent of India organisations said they were currently using cloud computing, 76 percent plan to use cloud computing at least after six months.

According to the survey, India organisations surveyed showed a very strong inclination toward the private cloud, with extremely low responses for public cloud in both 2010 and 2013. Comparing 2010 with 2013, there are relatively small changes, with a decline in responses for private cloud across multiple applications, and small increases in IT infrastructure, storage, and storage management as well as a relatively strong increase in VoIP. Based on results, India organizations will remain focused on the private cloud over the next three years, with small opportunity for public cloud services.

The survey data also suggests that the hybrid or ‘converged’ approach to cloud will be the rule rather than the exception in 2011 as cloud computing gains a bigger foothold across the region. As a result, cloud federation between private and public clouds, or between different public clouds, will become increasingly important in 2011 as the cloud model moves into the enterprise.

“While the need to effectively manage IT assets stands out as a primary reason for implementing cloud services in India, enterprises want the benefits of cloud computing in their own terms. EMC anticipates hybrid clouds will the eventual goal of customers once they have advanced on their journey to the private cloud to a point where they can choose what resources they want to manage in-house and allow others to be managed externally”, said Manoj Chugh, President, EMC India and SAARC.

“Trust in the cloud will play a key part for CIOs in determining how much goes on the public cloud, and what stays in the private cloud. The reality is that private and public clouds need to work together, and this requires a converged or hybrid cloud approach”, added Manoj.

The IDC survey indicates that the shift to hybrid clouds is also being accelerated by the needs of some IT departments that have to deal with new ways of building applications to meet the needs of end-users who are increasingly turning to smart phone devices and web tablets, while needing to continue supporting core legacy and mission-critical applications.

The survey data suggests that CIOs will view some applications as more suited for a public cloud – especially when it comes to communication applications, while most enterprises in the region may prefer a private cloud approach for their core systems. IDC also suggests in the near future that private clouds will eventually need the ability to cooperate with other types of clouds.

Researchers at IDC also conclude that in the near-term (up to 12 months) demand for cloud remains extremely positive and likely to accelerate, and that over the medium term, the adoption of cloud by the majority of organizations in the region will provide strong growth opportunities for the IT industry, with a likely shift to more advanced cloud services as IT organizations become more accustomed to the delivery structure and internal usage model shifts.

The IDC's survey, sponsored by EMC, was conducted in late 2010 that targeted the responses of 600 CIOs and key IT decision-makers within the organization to analyze the current and expected usage patterns of cloud services in the following surveyed countries, including Australia, Korea, China, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

To view the free and downloadable IDC White Paper, sponsored by EMC “Hybrid Cloud on the Rise: A Key Strategy to Business Growth in Asia Pacific”, please go to: http://www.idccircle.com/Portal/ExecutiveReports/ExecutiveReportLanding.aspx?from=sponsor&ReportId=172. Registration is first required.

Other Survey Findings in India:

  • In India, the most common cited response to adopt cloud computing was the need to effectively use IT assets (60%). India was also striking in that it had the highest response rate (and well above other countries surveyed) that private cloud changes the IT funding model (56%), with Australia, the second highest rate for this response, at 31%.
  • The current levels of private cloud adoption of those surveyed stands at 4 percent with a further 18 percent planning on implementing private cloud within 12 months. A further 23 percent of organizations said they will implement private cloud within the next 24 months.
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