PHOTO - VMware general manager, ASEAN, Ed Lenta.
According to a new Forrester Consulting study commissioned by virtualisation and cloud infrastructure solutions provider VMware, the majority of Malaysian organisations see cloud as an enabler for a more mobile and flexible workforce, which points to the coming of a post-PC era.
VMware general manager, ASEAN, Ed Lenta, speaking in Kuala Lumpur November 2011, said Forrester's October study -- The Annual Cloud Maturity Index -- showed that surveyed organisations in Malaysia increasingly view cloud computing as a strategic initiative (43 percent versus 37 percent in 2010), and more than 80 percent said it will enable them to support a more mobile and flexible workforce.
"Additionally, the majority of respondents strongly agreed that cloud computing will help their organisations share IT resources more effectively (85 percent) and become more flexible (82 percent)," said Lenta.
He said that the Index, which is currently in its second year, found that 64 percent of Malaysian firms are either currently using or actively planning cloud initiatives, with a significant increase in the former (28 percent versus 21 percent in 2010). "Cloud adoption was found to increase with the size of the organisation surveyed - 50 percent of respondents from firms with more than 10,000 employees indicated that they are already using a cloud computing solution compared to organisations with fewer than 10,000 staff (between 14 - 34 percent)."
"Insurance firms (67 percent) and telecommunications companies (57 percent) led in terms of organisations that have already implemented cloud initiatives, while the education sector (69 percent) and retail companies (50 percent) led by way of planned deployments," said Lenta.
However, he added that data privacy (rated 7.8 out of 10) surpassed security as the top barrier to adoption of cloud computing in Malaysia, a trend that was consistent across the region.
Forrester Consulting's The Annual Cloud Maturity Index in October 2011 surveyed 6141 senior business and IT respondents in Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia (with 158 respondents), Singapore and Thailand. The study also included SMEs (small and medium enterprises) with fewer than 100 staff and MNCs (multinationals) with more than 10,000 staff.
Malaysia: infrastructure level
Lenta said Malaysian organisations were mostly at the infrastructure level (rather than a focus at application or on business aspects) of the journey into cloud computing. "Malaysia is behind Australia and New Zealand, for instance, and is seeing cloud mostly in terms of saving costs."
"However, the reality is that in 2009, the number of virtualised infrastructure surpassed physical infrastructure, according to IDC study. There will be dramatic changes in application and end-user computing. The end of the Windows client in the computing space is in sight."
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