Cloud industry events indicate international cloud growth

March 16, 2012

Enterprises, government agencies and numerous other organizations have already adopted popular cloud services like Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service, gaining a competitive advantage through reduced costs and increased productivity. However, while nations like the United States and several European countries are leading the way with cloud innovation, experts say regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa represent emerging cloud markets.

The international growth of cloud computing is becoming more apparent, as cloud providers are investing in global expansion and several governments are supporting the industry with technology research centers and cloud industry standards. Four-hundred experts and business professionals recently gathered in Dubai for the second Cloud Computing World Forum Middle East and North Africa.

The two-day event featured case studies and speeches from experts regarding the advantages and challenges of migrating IT services to the cloud. The forum focused on the most recent developments and trends in cloud computing, such as security, mobile, applications, virtualization, big data, SaaS and more.

"The event was a great success with a fantastic reaction to the agenda we put together," said Mark Johnstone, the forum's show director. "The marketplace has clearly developed since the 2011 show and that was represented by the high proportions of IT buyers that turned out. Plans are already underway for the follow-up event due to take place in 2013."

The Cloud Computing World Forum will move to Africa on May 8, bringing IT experts and buyers from throughout the region to Johannesburg, South Africa. The forum also has events scheduled in London, Brazil, New York and India, indicating the widespread demand for cloud technology.

With the majority of cloud adopters are experiencing cost savings through data storage, application hosting and other cloud-based services, enterprises in nearly every nation are projected to increase cloud investments in the coming years. According to a recent IDC report, public and private cloud services will create 13.8 million jobs by 2015, up from 6.7 million currently, with the majority of employment gains occurring in Asia. The report said China will account for more than 4 million cloud jobs in 2015, an 84 percent increase and an indication the world's most populous nation is becoming a major cloud market. Meanwhile, India, Indonesia and Japan will experience significant cloud growth, the report said.

The Beijing city government recently built "Cloud Valley," a 7,800 square meter complex in southern Beijing designed to support cloud innovation and serve as a base for China's cloud industry.

-McAfee Cloud Security