31 May 2011 09:43:30
The cloud's chief stronghold in the Asia/Pacific reason is Down Under, according to the results of a survey from Frost and Sullivan.
Researchers from the company found that 43 percent of Australian respondents to a survey of Asia/Pacific businesses reported using cloud computing in some way, and 41 percent said it would be a top IT priority this year.
According to Frost and Sullivan, a hybrid cloud approach was the most popular with Australian users, combining various features of both public and private clouds. The company noted that it expects this trend to continue for the foreseeable future, given the advantages the model offers in flexibility and versatility.
Infrastructure as a Service has been a rapidly growing delivery model for cloud services in the country, according to the survey, with nearly half of all cloud users reporting they had some form of IaaS active.
Experts say there are many more studies that have found a more general move to the cloud in global business IT in recent months. The security concerns that some say held back earlier adoption seem to be less of a factor.
-McAfee Cloud Security