Modern Cloud Infrastructure Is A Key Growth Enabler


Cloud infrastructure spending in the Asia Pacific region is on the rise, indicating an increased appetite for modern cloud infrastructure amongst enterprises. The latest forecast by IDC corroborates this trend, with spending on public cloud services and infrastructure expected to reach $25 billion by 2021 in APAC. Insights from recent conversations with customers clearly indicate that Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) is maturing, and attitudes to adoption are changing with it.

Once outside the comfort zone of many IT leaders, modern enterprises are finally beginning to embrace IaaS—and you could too. To better understand this cultural shift, we recently surveyed 1,600 IT leaders from different sectors across the EMEA and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions. Respondents included IaaS pioneers, established users, recent adopters, and organizations yet to implement IaaS at all.

Our report—You & IaaS: Learning from the Success of Early Adopters—explores how IaaS is helping users gain competitive advantage, and discover opportunities to innovate. It highlights how a long-term relationship with infrastructure-as-a-service generates greater performance benefits over time, and examines the negative preconceptions that remain a significant barrier to adoption.

We’ve also picked out 5 Lessons from the IaaS Pioneers—those who have laid the groundwork for IaaS adoption, encouraging companies like yours to follow suit.

According to our report, many senior IT professionals now see IaaS as a competitive priority. In fact, more than 50 percent of Indian companies plan to run their business on cloud infrastructure over the next three years. The respondents believe IaaS is an essential part of any progressive cloud strategy, with most businesses citing the world-class availability, uptime, and speed of IaaS as key incentives to adoption.

But these aren’t the only benefits flagged by our respondents—79 percent say IaaS makes it easier to innovate, and that moving to IaaS has significantly cut their time to deploy new applications or services. Further, 76 percent say IaaS has significantly cut on-going maintenance costs and 75 percent of all respondents believe businesses not investing in IaaS will increasingly find themselves struggling to keep pace with the rest. Although some fear the move to IaaS may be complicated, 64 percent of experienced IaaS users say the move was easier than they expected.

While negative perceptions around security, complexity and loss of control still present barriers to adoption, these factors are fast becoming outdated myths, with those that have moved to IaaS proving the reality is far more positive. The research found that experienced users are almost twice as likely to be invested in IaaS, compared to non-adopters.

Our findings tell an intriguing story about IaaS and its evolving role in supporting business transformation. As companies continue transforming into digital-first businesses, the benefits of IaaS adoption help make a strong case for including IaaS in your progressive IT strategy.  

[Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Trivone Media Network's or that of CXOToday's.]