Nav­i­gat­ing the Cloud of to­day

AN­DREW WILD­BLOOD HEAD OF ASIA PA­CIFIC EN­TER­PRISE GES, TEL­STRA

HWM (Singapore) - - Q & A - by Mar­cus Wong

How big is the Cloud in APAC, and how does it com­pare to the rest of the world?

Cloud is no longer a buzz­word but sim­ply a way in which we live our lives. APAC, like the rest of the world has em­braced the benefits of cloud com­put­ing over the past few years and is now very much a hub of cloud in­no­va­tion. This is en­abling our busi­nesses and con­sumers to op­er­ate more sim­ply, se­curely and pro­duc­tively. Look­ing at the Asia Cloud Com­put­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACCA) Cloud Readi­ness In­dex 2014, it re­ports that APAC is most def­i­nitely pro­gress­ing with an over­all im­prove­ment in cloud readi­ness across the re­gion. Now an area of great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses, this is mainly down to in­creased data speeds as well as the data cen­ter con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, which are also grow­ing as the Asia Pa­cific Gate­way Ca­ble is com­pleted.

Where would you say are the ma­jor sec­tors of Cloud devel­op­ment in APAC, and how does Sin­ga­pore com­pare to coun­tries like Malaysia, Thai­land, the Philip­pines and In­done­sia?

Up­dates made to In­ter­net and data cen­ter man­age­ment leg­is­la­tion in In­done­sia, In­dia and Viet­nam, have sup­ported ad­di­tional growth and devel­op­ment for cloud ser­vices in th­ese coun­tries. There are ob­vi­ously coun­tries which are sit­ting ahead of the pack when it comes to adop­tion and ‘readi­ness’ such as Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, how­ever, ACCA’s 2014 re­port also calls out the ‘ded­i­cated im­provers’ such as Tai­wan, Malaysia, Thai­land and the Philip­pines, which presents an en­cour­ag­ing over­all pic­ture for the re­gion.

And com­pared to the rest of the world? Is there a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor/coun­try that’s well ahead in terms of Cloud de­ploy­ment and devel­op­ment?

If we look at the ACCA In­dex, the top im­provers this year in APAC were New Zealand, Australia and Thai­land who all moved up four places in the rank­ings; the Philip­pines also im­proved two places to fin­ish in 10th place. Ja­pan re­tains the honor of be­ing the most cloud-ready coun­try in the re­gion, likely due to its so­phis­ti­cated busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment cou­pled with the best data sovereignty regime whilst also rank­ing in the top band of coun­tries for broad­band qual­ity, data pri­vacy and green pol­icy. We’ve also see­ing the emer­gence of Soft­ware as a Ser­vice (SaaS) in Asia driv­ing an ap­petite for cloud de­ploy­ment and devel­op­ment. Our own re­cent in­vest­ments into or­ga­ni­za­tions such as DocuSign and Box sig­nal our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing more busi­nesses which are cloud de­pen­dent in their very na­ture.

How is the Cloud help­ing con­sumers, and what are some of the lat­est de­vel­op­ments com­ing that are go­ing to make an im­pact in their lives?

There is the gen­eral feel­ing that we’re only be­gin­ning to scratch the sur­face of what can be done with cloud com­put­ing for users in this re­gion. With more con­nected de­vices, re­mote mon­i­tor­ing, uni­ver­sal ac­cess, and greater com­put­ing power at lower costs, the re­gion’s cloud ecosys­tem is chang­ing fast.

We are all com­mu­ni­cat­ing more than ever, across mul­ti­ple plat­forms and the flex­i­bil­ity and scal­a­bil­ity of the cloud to adapt to in­di­vid­ual and busi­ness needs is primed to cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion of su­per users who are de­mand­ing ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion, when, where and how they want.

Is it wor­ry­ing to you that the con­nected-ness of the Cloud means that ev­ery user con­nected to it has sud­denly ex­posed his de­vices to a sin­gle point of fail­ure/vul­ner­a­bil­ity?

Ab­so­lutely not. Cloud ser­vice providers un­der­stand the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of se­cur­ing user data and en­sur­ing the de­liv­ery of those ser­vices are not com­pro­mised. As more and more ser­vices head to the cloud, the risk is re­duced with part­ners work­ing closely to not only pro­vide more in­no­va­tive and in­tel­li­gent com­mu­ni­ca­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion tools, but find­ing ways to en­sure those ser­vices are more pro­tected than ever.

What de­vel­op­ments can we ex­pect to see from Tel­stra in the Cloud com­put­ing space? What do you think Cloud com­put­ing will progress to­wards?

In 2014, hy­brid cloud has emerged as an an­swer to the public/pri­vate cloud de­bate. If you were to iden­tify a core ben­e­fit of hy­brid cloud, it comes down to one point: choice. With the hy­brid model, or­ga­ni­za­tions not only have the abil­ity to choose which cloud de­liv­ery model suits vary­ing parts of their busi­ness, but cru­cially the free­dom to choose mul­ti­ple cloud part­ners. This un­prece­dented level of choice puts the con­trol firmly with the cus­tomer.

Cloud providers need to rec­og­nize that the way for­ward in 2015 will be through col­lab­o­ra­tion, not through com­pe­ti­tion. The or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with mul­ti­ple ven­dors to pro­duce a cus­tomer-cen­tric so­lu­tion is the one that will be most suc­cess­ful in the cloud mar­ket in 2015 – a di­rec­tion Tel­stra is wholly com­mit­ted to.

There is the gen­eral feel­ing that we’re only be­gin­ning to scratch the sur­face of what can be done with cloud com­put­ing for users in this re­gion.

HWM

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