Asia Pacific bosses most willing to move to the cloud, says speaker at HP event
October 18, 2011 by Terence LEE
At a regional Hewlett-Packard event held in Singapore on October 18th, the keynote speaker said that companies in the Asia Pacific are more enthusiastic about migrating to the cloud than their Western counterparts.
“The region is more ready than other regions on the planet,” says Wolfgang Wittmer, interim senior VP and general manager, Enterprise Services, Storage & Networking in the Asia Pacific & Japan.
This observation is apparently backed up by a recent survey on CIOs and CTOs which found that 58 percent of Chinese businesses are planning to move to the cloud. In India, the figure is 56 percent. In contrast, 32 percent of CIOs and CTOs in Europe and 34 percent in the US plan to move to the cloud.
Signs of this demand can be seen in the number of data centers being built in the region.
“In APJ, new data center built annually will double between 2010 and 2014. By 2012, China will be the second-largest data center market in the world,” says EJ Bodnar, HP’s worldwide marketing director for Technology Consulting Services. “This region is leapfrogging the world.”
Recently, Google has announced plans to built facilities in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Already, cloud companies like Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com have already established data centers in Singapore.
Asia Pacific firms are also spending more on disaster recovery on the cloud, a sign of increasing reliance.
To meet this demand, HP has programs to help finance and advise corporate clients who wish to move to the cloud.
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