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Coping with another billion internet users by 2015

AvantiKumar | July 31, 2011
Intel reveals the regional impact of cloud adoption and its Cloud 2015 vision at its APAC Cloud Summit, Malaysia.

"In addition, 50 percent of data will be in the public cloud by 2014," said Saxena. "The rise of  'big data' sets, the internet of trillions of connected 'things', and mobility, which includes mobile services, applications and broadband, also form the megatrend that is impacting the whole industry."

"Another major trend is that IT spending in the Asia Pacific is very positive," he said. "Top three priorities of lines of business (LOBs) as well as CIOs are to simplify IT infrastructure, lower cost structure and harness ICT to build a competitive edge."

"Also, the three transformation trend drivers are behaviour (access), infrastructure (devices) and delivery (consumption)," added Saxena. "This is summed up by the term 'mobilution', which is a confluence of factors such as cloud, devices, platforms, and networks."

"For example, analytics-led competitive acceleration is already being used by companies such as AirAsia, Korean Air, and Indian taxi firm Meru," he said. "Converged infrastructure and automation for private clouds is the next step."

"Consumer clouds such as Google (C2C, consumer to consumer) are followed by blended clouds such as Skype, and Apple. Then the third is the business to business - Enterprise cloud - that demands even more security levels," said Saxena.  "Investment in cloud is driven by the time to market advantage as well as the flexibility of the pay-as-you-go system. However, inhibitors such as security, reliability and availability are hindrances to cloud adoption at this time."

He said that a new role to the CIO's team could be a trusted sourcing specialist to help meet security and availability demands. "Looking ahead to the next 10 years, companies will need to redeploy IT staff as cloud adoption grows. In some instances, teams can be upskilled to higher value IT jobs in the cloud world. However, it is realistic to assume that as more processes are outsourced this could impact the size of IT departments."


 Reference Architecture approach

"Traditional IT is not going to work when it comes to meeting the demands of additional users to the connected world in the next few years," said Intel Director of Software and Services Group, Billy Cox. "There will be a doubling of the number of 'connected' people in the APAC region, and we need to take different approach to deliver IT services."

"In addition to Intel's role to foster cloud adoption through the ODCA, we have the Cloud Builders programme, which is to help ground the action of translating vision to reality," said Cox. "Cloud infrastructure is complex and we decided to present a Reference Architecture (RA) approach as a usage model. This consists of talking to end users and then writing a usage model.


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