I think we have to be very careful as thought leaders and shepherds that help bring the customer into the cloud, and we have to set realistic expectations and understand why and how to successfully implement cloud.
There is a significant lack of understanding of what drives the successful implementation of cloud for businesses out there, that's probably my biggest concern.
My biggest advice to corporations that are looking to the cloud is, don't have a cloud strategy, have an IT strategy and understand where the cloud fits into this because I will come in and see companies wanting to move Oracle financials into the cloud. What's the benefit in that? I have no idea, in fact most probably you're going to fail if that's what your first step into the cloud is.
A study by IDG said that Asia Pacific is the space to look out for in terms of cloud computing for 2013. Where do you see the cloud in AP for the near future?
I see the cloud globally at the same front. There are three dimensions to the future of cloud computing.
2010 to 2013 has been the years of the public cloud. And the reason for it is, IT outsource services have seen business go to Amazon, they recognise that they have the opportunity to have a play in the game but have to deliver cloud services today. So we recognised that early on, that they would be the first adopters of cloud technology.
When you look across AP including Japan, you see NTT, KDDI, Korea Telecom and China Telecom; they're all building their public cloud services. They are active in rolling out cloud services because that is giving access to these tools to the developers. In the enterprise, the developers are actually the ones driving the adoption of cloud.
2013 to 2014 is where we have seen enough adoption of cloud by enterprises and the developers. Amazon, RackSpace and SingTel have been successful, companies have been on these clouds, understanding the benefits and saying, "Some workloads aren't appropriate for public cloud but we want that same operating model internally". Enterprises are now starting to realise that they can take the same knowhow that has happened in the public cloud and apply that internally to create the private cloud.
We have started to see that happen. In Singapore I met up with a manufacturing facility, a bank, a government agency and a school. There are no service providers in there because they are already building. These are the class of customers that are building now. This is a consistent theme, this is the year that we see the private cloud going beyond 10 servers in a corner; they are looking at doing real private cloud implementation.
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