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Privacy & Lock-In Top India's Cloud Concerns

Nevertheless, a Majority View Cloud as a Change Agent

Although 91% of organizations in India "consider cloud relevant to (their) business," according to the recent Cloud Maturity Index, two-thirds "strongly agreed" that data privacy and residency is a major concern, and 61% expressed fears of vendor lock-in.

The Index is based on survey results conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of VMware. It noted that the interest in cloud in India was equal in Asia to Japan, China, Malaysia, and Thailand, and that "the country's understanding of cloud computing is higher than (in) Singapore and Malaysia."

A total of 87% of respondents said cloud computing is now a business priority, even as 60% were concerned about interoperability issues among cloud-computing solutions. Half of respondents said they preferred a hybrid cloud approach, a belief that it especially strong in the financial services, telco, and healthcare industries, according to the report. Within the overall group of respondents, 78% favor storage in private clouds.

Good old virtualization was seen as a key cloud enabler by 71% of respondents, second only to Australia among APAC countries surveyed. Fully 100% of respondents in the insurance sector believe this.

Additionally, the report indicates that respondents' belief in the hybrid approach "indicated that they could federate out to public cloud service providers as an extension of their private cloud network, and move essential workloads between public and private clouds, working around data privacy concerns," the report states.

T. Srinivasan, VMware's managing director for India and the local region said the report "indicates that organizations in India perceive cloud as a change agent rather than just an enabler. They are expanding, owing to growth in business and they need IT to enable them to go-to-market faster."

It also seems noteworthy, however, that 58% of respondents view cost savings "as the primary driver for cloud adoption," above the APAC average of 55%, according to VMware. In this context, 86% of respondents "expect cloud-related investments to reduce hardware spending," a number that has increased from 83% over the course of the past year.

Large companies are higher on cloud than smaller companies, according to the report, with 90% of companies with 10,000+ employees saying that are using or planning to deploy cloud, compared to 71% among companies with fewer than 100 employees.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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