Vmware study finds 62% of In­dian or­ga­ni­za­tions in­creas­ing cloud train­ing bud­gets

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At Vfo­rum 2012 held in Mum­bai, VMware an­nounced re­sults from its 3rd an­nual VMware Cloud In­dex in 2012, which is the largest re­gional cloud-re­lated study in Asia Pa­cific.

T Srini­vasan, manag­ing di­rec­tor, VMware In­dia & Saarc said, “The sur­vey demon­strates the po­ten­tial for cloud com­put­ing in the coun­try and re­flects a dou­ble digit adoption rate. With con­cerns around data pri­vacy, in­te­gra­tion and se­cu­rity lim­it­ing the cloud adoption in In­dia, we continue to work to­wards en­abling or­ga­ni­za­tions with knowl­edge and re­sources to raise adoption rates.”

The study high­lights that there is def­i­nite in­crease in Cloud adoption in Asia Pa­cific. The com­pa­nies in the sur­vey high­lighted that 94% of com­pa­nies have al­ready lever­aged or are plan­ning to lever­age vir­tu­al­iza­tion in their or­ga­ni­za­tion and 48% have vir­tu­al­ized more than half of their pro­duc­tion ap­pli­ca­tions. The re­port in­di­cates that in Asia Pa­cific, vir­tu­al­iza­tion rates have reached a crit­i­cal mass, sig­nalling the next wave in Cloud adoption is im­mi­nent.

The re­port states that in Asia Pa­cific re­gion 79% de­scribed their com­pany as be­ing in a growth or ex­pan­sion phase in 2012 and 2013 while 42% said they have a Cloud Com­put­ing re­lated ini­tia­tive in place, which is an in­crease of 10% from last year. In ad­di­tion, 33% said they didn’t have a Cloud Com­put­ing ini­tia­tive in place, but are plan­ning to im­ple­ment one. In­ter­est­ingly, 80% of these are plan­ning to im­ple­ment within the next 18 months.

It seems the ben­e­fits of mov­ing to cloud com­put­ing are now well es­tab­lished and com­pa­nies are ready to take the next step. The re­port states that 75% of com­pa­nies strongly agree that cloud will op­ti­mise their ex­ist­ing IT man­age­ment and au­to­ma­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. In ad­di­tion, 70% be­lieve it sup­ports a more mo­bile and flex­i­ble work­force and whilst 73% be­lieve it will em­power their busi­ness by sim­pli­fy­ing the ac­cess to IT re­sources, only 59% saw the adoption of Cloud Com­put­ing as an en­abler in the de­ploy­ment of a whole new gen­er­a­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions.

The VMware Cloud In­dex clearly in­di­cates that com­pa­nies now see cloud com­put­ing as an en­abler of mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits. How­ever, there are cer­tain ar­eas which are a con­cern area for the or­ga­ni­za­tions. On the con­cerns and bar­ri­ers as­pect the re­port states the top line con­cerns in­clude data pri­vacy (69%) and se­cu­rity for ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment (64%). More specif­i­cally, 40% agree that there is un­sanc­tioned buy­ing of SaaS ser­vices by busi­ness out­side of IT. So, de­spite the suc­cess of vir­tu­al­iza­tion be­ing con­sid­ered a busi­ness is­sue, there are still con­cerns about the tech­nol­ogy.

An­other im­por­tant as­pect ex­plored was the sig­nif­i­cance of IT ca­pa­bil­i­ties in terms of their im­por­tance to en­abling cloud com­put­ing. In this re­gard the re­port in­di­cates, 55% said their or­ga­ni­za­tion is train­ing staff to sup­port Cloud ini­tia­tives which could ex­plain the 67% who said their com­pany cur­rently has the skills and in­fra­struc­ture to cre­ate and man­age a pri­vate cloud. While, 75% agree that they need to im­prove Cloud skills or risk fall­ing be­hind peers pro­fes­sion­ally.

In­dia is one of the cru­cial mar­kets wherein cloud adoption tops 50% with de­mand for skilled tal­ent to continue growth trend. San­chit Vir Go­gia, se­nior an­a­lyst, For­rester Re­search said, “The growth in cloud adoption in In­dia is hap­pen­ing as or­ga­ni­za­tions are mak­ing busi­ness cases for de­ploy­ment of cloud com­put­ing and that is driv­ing the adoption.” He fur­ther added, “In­dia re­spon­dents rate their knowl­edge of both cloud and vir­tu­al­iza­tion well above re­gional av­er­ages.” Fol­low­ing are the key high­lights from the re­port. 82% Strongly be­lieve that Cloud Com­put­ing will help them op­ti­mize their ex­ist­ing IT man­age­ment and au­to­ma­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties 50% Say they have adopted Cloud so­lu­tions 25% An­nual growth in Cloud adoption over 2011 94% Have lever­aged or are plan­ning to lever­age vir­tu­al­iza­tion in their or­ga­ni­za­tion

73% Be­lieve a fail­ure to im­prove Cloud skills will cre­ate risk of fall­ing be­hind peers pro­fes­sion­ally

56% Ac­tively seek­ing to hire new sta with Cloud ex­per­tise

72% Say they have a high de­gree of Cloud un­der­stand­ing

57% Strongly con­cerned about end-users ac­cess­ing Cloud-based apps and ser­vices from mo­bile de­vices used for work

54% Con­sider Cloud Com­put­ing a top busi­ness pri­or­ity

40% Say In­ter­nal re­sis­tance to change is hin­der­ing Cloud adoption

The VMware Cloud In­dex 2012 is a com­mis­sioned study con­ducted by For­rester Con­sult­ing and ITR (in Ja­pan). Now in its 3rd an­nual edition, the 2012 study sur­veyed ap­prox­i­mately 6,500 se­nior IT prac­ti­tion­ers across the Asia Pa­cific re­gion in eleven coun­tries (Aus­tralia, China, Hong Kong, In­dia, In­done­sia, Ja­pan, Korea, Sin­ga­pore, Tai­wan and Thai­land).

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