How could organisations rise above the noise to maintain a clear head in order to make the right decision regarding cloud computing? CIO Asia speaks to Scott Frew, chairman of Distribution Central, to learn how a new portal has been set up to do just that — providing clear answers from industry practitioners and vendors on virtualisation and cloud adoption.
Distribution Central provides specialised, technical-service oriented distribution and channel support for IT products, including custom-built Software-as-a-Service solutions. Its business is built upon keen understanding of ICT technologies, the vendors that operate in this market and the diverse needs of customers ranging from very small businesses to large enterprises and government departments.
How is the cloud and virtualisation market developing in Asia? Is there too much unorganised noise?
In Asia, most large enterprises have already begun experimenting with and deploying server virtualisation, in the last 12 to 24 months. With two years of experience behind them, most of these firms should be able to move to the next stage if they can accelerate their deployments with more advanced technology and operational capabilities. However, many companies in Asia have not progressed to the next stage. This may be because of the confusion around cloud and virtualisation as an integrated technology solution to solve their contemporary business problems.
Cost and efficiency are two key factors driving organisations to the cloud. How easy is it to overemphasise one over the other?
Cost and efficiency are not mutually exclusive – greater efficiency drives a reduction in cost in the long term. The real question is, do efficiencies derived by new technologies, such as virtualisation and cloud applications, potentially create inefficiencies or problems in other aspects of the business? Some vendors may emphasise one over the other, however a reseller acting as a trusted advisor for an end user must consider the entire efficiency mix when looking for productivity improvements.
How is the level of IT knowledge in Asia (or in Singapore) measuring up to that of in the West and how does this affect cloud adoption?
Like any market in the East or West, there are early adopters, the vast middle market and laggards. We see no difference in the Asia markets compared to the West; just differences in market size and complexity. IT knowledge is ubiquitous with little or no barriers to information dissemination in real time across the entire planet. What limits adoption of advanced and emerging technologies are skill shortages in these areas and we are all witnessing a skills shortage in these technologies throughout the world.
What are the steps businesses need to take prior to adopting cloud and virtualisation?
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