Not surprisingly, we’re seeing strong growth in cloud computing deployments in Asia. The local market has been always a few seasons behind the classic early adopters in the United States, Australia and pockets of Europe but they’re quickly playing catch up. It’s a perfect storm really. Long term hardware environments are becoming end of life, and secondary markets such as Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam are opening up seeing economic growth. Cloud services are also becoming more secure and compliant with legal and industry regulations. As more and more CIOs decide to move to the cloud, their demand for knowledge and expertise to almost guarantee a successful deployment or migration increases as they juggle questions of cost, performance, and strategy. As a testament to this, Gartner predicts that the public cloud services market in the Asia-Pacific region will grow 8.7% in 2015, reaching $7.3 billion.
The benefits of the public cloud are clear, but it doesn’t come without challenges. CIOs have to address security concerns, determine the best deployment strategy, and determine the cost of moving from an on premise infrastructure to an hosted environment.
Perhaps this is why, according to Gartner, cloud management and security services will be the fastest growing segment of the public cloud services market in the APAC region for 2015, with revenue expected to increase to $234.4 million – a 21% increase over last year. In fact, cloud management and security services are expected to continue to be the fastest growing market segments through 2019.
Successful cloud deployments always have a plan of attack. Very rarely have I seen extremely large ‘whole of business’ type deployment strategies adopted in the past 5 years. This is not because people want a proof of concept or they don’t trust the cloud. This is due to the hybrid nature of an organizations’ IT requirements. Some organizations may find an on premise solution works for their CRM and a public cloud solution for their web applications.
Recently at the AWS ASEAN Partner Conference, we were taken through the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) that AWS uses for customers who require guidance in what or how they should move into a cloud environment. The involves breaking down requirements, workloads and challenges into 7 Perspectives; Business, Platform, Maturity, People, Process, Operation and Security. Additionally, the CAF references industry-wide best practices and frameworks and methodologies such as COBIT, TOGAF and ITIL, and shows how they can support cloud adoption. The individual Perspectives contain several elements which AWS have determined are instrumental in the successful deployment of their public cloud services. For example; the Business Perspective includes: IT Strategy, Cost Management, Risk Management and Portfolio Governance and the People Perspective includes: Organisation Structure, Job Roles, Training, Skills and Competencies etc. They are essentially the building blocks an organization needs to consider when creating a cloud adoption plan.
A good example of a successful deployment is one of our customers, EducationCity. This is a company that is transforming teaching and learning in a variety of subjects by providing creative tools and engaging activities with interactive elements that are available online. After launching in the US and UK market, EducationCity set their eyes on China. At first, the company was wary of moving into China because of strict government regulations, language barriers, and a lack of resources to support a satellite office in Asia. Partnering with Datapipe allowed EducationCity to leverage our experience in the region to guide them through the Chinese legal landscape and utilize our on-the-ground presence in Asia as an extension of their IT department, allowing them to save the substantial overhead costs. EducationCity recognized in their adoption plan that local knowledge, people and regulation were their key gaps and they closed them using Datapipe’s global presence.
Moving into a new market or moving into the cloud for the first time in APAC can be a daunting task when you’re unfamiliar with the legalities and don’t speak the language. Luckily, you don’t have to make the switch alone. Partnering with a veteran managed services provider in the region can make your cloud adoption or transition as smooth as possible, allowing you to focus on broader strategic goals instead of managing the traditional challenges of new IT deployments.