Cloud services to dominate small business IT in Asia within three years
By SMBWorld Asia Editors | Oct 12, 2010
Parallels has released the results of recent research that indicates over eight in ten (84%) respondents believe APAC small businesses are likely to adopt Cloud computing services in the next three years. The research was conducted amongst delegates at the recent Parallels APAC Summit in Singapore. Attendees unanimously agreed that Cloud computing is set to transform IT operations for small businesses in APAC.
Almost three quarters of those surveyed (68%) agreed that Cloud computing will be an influential factor in driving efficiency and profitability amongst small businesses in APAC in the next 12 months. When asked about the specific benefits that the Cloud has to offer, 69% agreed that scalable flexibility is the biggest advantage that Cloud services can bring to small business IT, while 60% cite cost reduction as a key factor in the uptake of Cloud computing.
While the focus fell on driving efficiency through service automation at the vendor level, participants of the Summit were keen to discuss which Cloud services are likely to take off fastest amongst small businesses in APAC.
- Over half (52%) of respondents agreed that Virtualised Infrastructure services will fuel adoption of Cloud computing
- 44% believed that Shared Web Hosting services will also prove a hit with small businesses in the region
- According to 42% of delegatesMessaging and collaboration applications are also likely to gain traction in coming months
- 70% agreed that small businesses should choose the public Cloud over private Cloud because it reduces the need for dedicated IT support
- 40% reiterated the benefits of cost savings that the public Cloud can bring to the small business sectorOver one third (36%) of respondents believed that there is a much wider range of applications available in the public Cloud
“All signs point towards the expansion of the market in this region. For example, Go Daddy took an important step by underscoring its expansion into Asia with the announcement of a new data centre in Singapore, and analysts from Tier1 Research, IDC and Springboard pointed to evolving market models including the entrance of telcos into the Cloud space,” said Jan-Jaap Jager, Vice President and General Manager APAC, Parallels.