Cloud Computing to become Mainstream in 2012, says Frost & Sullivan

Asian organizations recognize the benefits of cloud computing


Year 2012 will be a momentous year for the ICT industry globally and in the Asia Pacific region, according to Frost & Sullivan. Many trends gaining traction in the last couple of years have crossed the chasm and will be a mainstream feature of the ICT industry moving forward.

In 2012, cloud computing is set to become mainstream in Asia Pacific. Indeed, approximately 30% of APAC organizations will have adopted some form of cloud computing by 2012.

Asian organizations do recognize the benefits of cloud computing, which are manifold. These benefits include the ability to offer greater business agility, cost reduction and a switch in IT spending from capital investment to operational expenditure. Cloud computing is becoming critical as a means of gaining a competitive advantage for today's organizations. It is now a strategic issue.

Andrew Milroy, vice president, ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific says, "Against this background, the market for public cloud computing is set to reach US$5.8 billion by 2015, growing at a CAGR of 39% between 2010 and 2015.

"The impact of the shift to cloud computing will become apparent. One of the first obvious effects of this type of technology is the cloud-driven transformation of whole industries. The IT industry itself is being transformed by cloud computing as consumers and businesses depend, to a greater extent, on smartphones and tablets."

Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is set to be the new battleground in the cloud computing industry as PaaS vendors seek to attract developers to their platforms. Today, Force.com has a huge advantage over other platforms as a result of its early entry into the market. However, over the last 18 months or so, new platforms have come online, supported by major vendors such as Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Google and VMWare. Two or three platforms can be expected to dominate as a critical mass of applications is developed on each, says Frost & Sullivan.