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).