Cost savings, security more important than innovation in Cloud for APJ firms

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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Although enterprises in the Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) region are more bullish on adopting Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Cloud when compared to their global counterparts, they are behind the curve when it comes to utilising multiple Cloud providers to drive innovation, researchers said on Wednesday.

According to the research by global Cloud major VMware, in association with MIT Technology Review Custom, security was the top priority and concern in multi-Cloud adoption — particularly with the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to come into effect in May 2018.

Organisations in India are leveraging a multi-Cloud infrastructure for security (94 per cent), data privacy (93 per cent) and to satisfy business unit requests (92 per cent) — the three most cited benefits of multi-Cloud adoption.

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“Respondents in the APJ region did not cite ‘improving innovation’ as a key benefit from multi-Cloud adoption suggesting that the use of multiple providers to drive innovation is still relatively nascent in this region,” the research said.

It pointed that respondents from China and India were working towards adopting AI in their companies, with almost half indicating their companies would be adopting AI within the next three years.

“A multi-cloud strategy gives organisations the freedom to buy the right — and cheapest — technology at any point in time and break free from vertical stacks,” said Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager, APJ, VMware.

Respondents from India were also the most confident that Clouds themselves will soon become AI-driven, the research noted.

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“Beyond efficiencies and cost savings, there is strong potential for the region to leverage multi-Cloud environments to innovate at scale and integrate emerging technologies like AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) to run secure, competitive and successful businesses,” Hewett added.



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