A new study released by F5 Networks has found increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the Asia Pacific region, with 58.6% of organization decision-makers identifying it as their #1 priority in the next 12 months.
In Hong Kong, 95% of enterprises are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. A large number of companies adopting cloud services at 47.4% are looking to complement their existing IT set-up, while 24.9% are looking to enhance and 20.7% to augment their existing IT environment.
“With virtually all enterprises now currently using or in the process of adopting cloud computing – and seeing real business benefits – understanding and decision-making around cloud is rapidly maturing and evolving. We noted increasing conversations in leveraging the advantage of hybrid IT environments to deliver the agility and flexibility of cloud computing while maintaining security, control, and visibility over the last six months,” said Emmanuel Bonnassie, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, F5.
“To fully benefit from a hybrid infrastructure, IT silos must be broken down, applications and supporting services must be abstracted from infrastructure so they can be seamlessly and automatically provisioned across multiple parts of a hybrid environment, offering businesses greater agility, scalability, and freedom.”
The study, “The New Language of Cloud Computing,” conducted in collaboration with Frost & Sullivan, also showed a strong understanding of the actual benefits of cloud services beyond cost-savings, particularly in driving business model innovation and experimentation without increasing capital expenditure or other risks.
Three out of four decision-makers agree that cloud services are a solution to “faster speed to market and increase competitiveness;” while 70% agree that cloud computing “is a critical component in any business transformation strategy.”
The paper also outlines an A-B-C-D framework that identifies four key factors shaping today’s enterprise cloud services decisions
- Applications: enterprises are increasingly outsourcing strategic and core workloads to the cloud, including mission critical applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and security
- Business decision-makers: the role of non-IT business leaders in cloud services planning and procurement is expanding
- Customers: discussions on cloud adoption are shifting from business-centric to customer-centric, focusing on how cloud services can enhance the value and experience delivered to customers
- Defense: security and privacy of IT environments remain a key focus, with 68% identifying security as the biggest impediment in adopting cloud services
“The findings of the study dovetail well with our understanding of the tools and services organizations need to leverage cloud computing successfully, from both the cost savings and business transformation perspectives. F5 developed F5 BIG-IQ Cloud specifically to help businesses seamlessly configure and automate application delivery services in cloud and hybrid infrastructures without sacrificing consistency and agility,” said Mohan Veloo, Senior Director, Field Systems Engineering, F5.
BIG-IQ Cloud allows workloads to be scaled automatically between and within clouds, and in hybrid environments in a consistent, fast, and repeatable manner. Through a central point of control, BIG-IQ Cloud ensures a single, consistent view of services, providing complete operational oversight without sacrificing agility. It also offers the ability to automate application deployment provisioning from end to end, improving productivity, reducing errors, and speeding deployment of applications.
The whitepaper indicates Software-Defined Everything (SDE) and related emerging technologies will best meet the management demands of automated environments as cloud services begin to resemble an infinite resource pool, with intelligent, real-time monitoring and managing systems. The paper further notes that the resulting Everything as a Service (XaaS) IT environment is predicted to significantly disrupt the way technology is consumed and inspire business model innovation – ultimately transforming whole industries.