F5 re­ports ris­ing multi-cloud adop­tion in PH

Manila Bulletin - - Business Tech -

F5 Net­works’s re­cent re­port, The State of Ap­pli­ca­tion De­liv­ery 2018, re­veals the grow­ing trend among lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Philip­pines of shift­ing to the multi-cloud to de­ploy or ac­cess ser­vices.

More than 50 per­cent of IT pro­fes­sion­als from all over the global sur­veyed for the F5 re­port say they uti­lize two to six cloud en­vi­ron­ments. The con­tin­u­ous in­crease in multi-cloud de­ploy­mentsis en­abling or­ga­ni­za­tions to se­lect the cloud plat­form that best meets the re­quire­ments of a spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion.This sce­nario, how­ever, in­creases the chal­lenges many com­pa­nies face in manag­ing op­er­a­tions and se­cu­rity across mul­ti­ple clouds as they trans­form their ap­pli­ca­tion port­fo­lio to com­pete in the dig­i­tal econ­omy.

Now on its fourth year, the F5 Net­works re­port eval­u­ates the state of ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vices and looks into mo­ti­va­tions un­der­ly­ing the de­ploy­ment of ap­pli­ca­tion ser­vices. It cov­ered more than 300 or­ga­ni­za­tions across a broad spec­trum of ver­ti­cal mar­kets such as bank­ing and fi­nance, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, pub­lic sec­tor and con­sumer prod­ucts.

Although many busi­nesses in the Philip­pines con­tinue to op­er­ate in­tra­di­tional ways, with most big com­pa­nies be­ing fam­ily-owned, some or­ga­ni­za­tions are slowly tran­si­tion­ing to the multi-cloud. Small com­mu­ni­ties of IT pro­fes­sion­als are emerg­ing, where par­tic­i­pants share ideas and best prac­tices that can help Filipino busi­ness­men, en­trepreneurs and ICT en­thu­si­asts un­der­stand bet­ter the ben­e­fits of a multi-cloud en­vi­ron­ment. Mean­while, more than 80 per­cent of small and medium en­ter­prise (SME) em­ploy­ees are spend­ing over 20 per­cent of their work­ing time out­side the of­fice on mo­bile de­vices and on­line cloud-based tools for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

F5 Net­works Re­gional Vice-Pres­i­dent Michael Quek, how­ever, pointed to tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity as a po­ten­tial is­sue. “The Philip­pines’ readi­ness for an ex­o­dus to multi-cloud en­vi­ron­ments re­mains to be a ques­tion as IT in­fra­struc­ture is still a ma­jor con­cern. The next few years will be crit­i­cal to pub­lic and pri­vate en­ter­prises and de­ci­sion­mak­ers in the coun­try as they at­tempt to pro­vide a smooth tran­si­tion from legacy sys­tems to mod­ern cloud-based IT in­fra­struc­ture.”

But the na­tional gov­ern­ment, through the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy, has been bullish the past year in adopt­ing a ‘cloud-first’ ap­proach in line with ef­forts to en­cour­age pub­lic de­part­ments and agen­cies to con­sider cloud com­put­ing so­lu­tions -- in ful­fill­ment of the Na­tional Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Plan 2022 that aims to strengthen re­silience against cy­ber­at­tacks and to foster a cy­ber­se­cu­ri­tye­d­u­cated so­ci­ety.

The dig­i­tal econ­omy is re­shap­ing every in­dus­try, from the small busi­ness now ac­cept­ing mo­bile pay­ments to the Global 2000 firm in­cor­po­rat­ing trans­for­ma­tive tech­nolo­gies such as ro­bot­ics and vir­tual re­al­ity. With one of the thrusts of the Philip­pine gov­ern­ment be­ing glob­al­iza­tion, busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions may look to a proac­tive hand in en­forc­ing a cen­tral­ized cy­ber net­work grad­u­ally.

The find­ings in this year’s SOAD­con­firm that busi­nesses rec­og­nize the need to adopt a multi-cloud en­vi­ron­ment. The re­port saw that 9 out of 10 re­spon­dents are now us­ing mul­ti­ple clouds as a re­sult of their ‘best-of­breed’ strat­egy for each ap­pli­ca­tion de­ploy­ment. This same trend can be seen in the Philip­pine set­ting as cloud mi­gra­tion con­tin­ues to gain trac­tion. Forty-nine (49%) per­cent of over­all sur­vey re­spon­dents are mov­ing to de­liver apps from the pub­lic cloud. The ma­jor­ity (7%) work with two or more cloud providers.

“Multi-cloud is al­ready a re­al­ity. That re­al­ity, in turn, is ex­pos­ing a lack of con­fi­dence in pro­tect­ing apps, par­tic­u­larly when they’re de­ployed in the pub­lic cloud. This re­al­ity is the trend that can be seen hap­pen­ing in the Philip­pines,” said Quek.

Op­ti­miz­ing IT in­fra­struc­ture and pro­cesses re­mains the pri­mary driver for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion projects, ac­cord­ing to 69 per­cent of Asia Pa­cific re­spon­dents while more than half said dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion is en­cour­ag­ing the de­liv­ery of ap­pli­ca­tions from the cloud.

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