Which Asia Pacific country knows the most about the cloud?

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The third annual VMware Cloud Index survey has shone light on trends in Asia Pacific cloud computing, including which was the most knowledgeable nation.

The research surveyed 6,500 senior IT workers across the Asia Pacific region in 11 countries, including Australia, China, India, Japan and Korea.

Yet it appeared Singapore and Hong Kong were top of the class. 82% of respondents in Singapore claimed they had a strong knowledge of the cloud, with nine out of ten people in Hong Kong having a strong knowledge of virtualisation.

The key takeaways from the research included:

  • Three quarters of those surveyed were either in the cloud or planning to go there
  • Data privacy was the biggest barrier to cloud computing, ahead of security
  • Most companies see cloud as having multiple benefits, with optimising existing IT management the most important
  • 71% of respondents believe cloud computing has made their job less complex

One of the key takeaways of the research was that three quarters of those surveyed were planning on utilising a cloud based solution – 42% of respondents were already in the cloud while 33% weren’t but were planning to adopt. Of those 33%, four in five were planning to adopt within 18 months.

Elsewhere, the research looked at the top benefits and barriers to cloud computing.

Optimising existing IT resources and infrastructure was the biggest cloud driver according to three quarters of the respondents. Simplifying IT resource access (73%) and reducing costs (70%) rounded off the top three.

In terms of barriers to cloud adoption, 69% of those surveyed said data privacy, ahead of integrating existing on-premise systems, cited by two in three respondents.

Security concerns (64%), SLA performance (62%) and cost issues (62%) made up the top five.

There were some other intriguing statistics from the research. Over two thirds (68%) of respondents claimed that if their companies didn’t invest in cloud resources, they’d fall behind their competitors.

Similarly, 40% of those surveyed believed their company was resisting change, which meant hindering cloud adoption.

The overall consensus, however, is that Asia Pacific cloud computing is certainly on the rise. Do you agree with the analysis?

Have a look at VMware’s overall Asia Pacific infographic below (click to enlarge):

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