APAC firms want to move apps to cloud, but lack data to determine opportune time

Some 41 percent of Asia-Pacific businesses expect up to 24 percent of their applications to be on the cloud in 2016, but 35 percent do not have the analytics to determine whether it's cost-effective to do so.

Some 35 percent of Asia-Pacific organizations do not have the necessary data to determine when it is more cost-effective to deploy their application in the cloud or within their own datacentres.

According to survey findings released Thursday by F5 Networks, 45 percent of businesses in the region operated up to 200 applications, while 8 percent deployed more than 3,000 applications. The study polled 3,200 IT decision makers across Asia-Pacific to analyse their existing and future use of application services.

It found that 41 percent of respondents were keen to move up to 24 percent of their applications to the cloud within the next year, while 24 percent would do likewise for 25 to 50 percent of their applications.

F5 Networks' Asia-Pacific senior vice president, Emmanuel Bonnassie, said: "As applications continue to be a critical part of the business strategy, organisations are seeking the same confidence level in cloud deployments that they've seen in the datacentre. Companies in every industry rely on applications to drive customer engagement, employee productivity and revenue today."

He added that more respondents deemed mobile apps and big data analytics to be important trends for their organisation, compared to the Internet of Things (IoT) or software-defined networks. This indicated a growing hybrid environment across the region, with a mix of on- and off-premise services increasingly adopted by organisations, Bonnassie noted.

However, 35 percent pointed to the lack of analytics as a challenge in adopting hybrid clouds, where they struggled to understand when it would make more sense to deploy applications in cloud datacentres and when it would be more cost-effective to do so within their own datacentres. Another 29 percent said the failure to establish comprehensive identity and access management policies as a barrier to the hybrid cloud adoption.

Some 23 percent highlighted the inability to ensure consistent application performance as a challenge in hybrid cloud deployment, while 21 percent pointed to the lack of cloud providers that could meet their organisation's data security requirements.

With security a key concern, 42 percent of respondents believed applications services should not be implemented without security, compared to 30 percent who pointed to availability as a priority.

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