Virtualisation the building block for cloud


  • TECH
  • Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011

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PETALING JAYA: More than half of Malaysian companies see virtualisation as the key building block to cloud computing. Most (65%) already have virtualisation solutions in place, with a further 28% planning to implement such solutions.

“This means that 62% of the 223 Malaysian companies surveyed see virtualisation as a primary building block for cloud computing,” said Ed Lenta, general manager for South-East Asia at VMware Singapore, a virtualisation and cloud infrastructure company.

The survey, conducted in Sept last year by US-based Springboard Research, surveyed 6,953 businesses in total in seven Asia Pacific countries — Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. It interviewed senior business and IT decision makers in the companies.

“Virtualisation allows organisations to decouple critical business applications and information from underlying hardware. This in turn provides a faster and cost-effective way to the cloud,” Lenta said.

The survey also revealed that 90% of companies see cloud computing as being relevant to the organisations; this means the market will move at a rapid pace towards cloud environments.

“The companies in Malaysia that have a cloud approach or solution in place are mostly deploying the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model,” Lenta said.

Also, many of these businesses perceive network security as a major barrier to cloud computing, with 48% of the Malaysian companies citing this as their key concern.

The companies surveyed are from the technology, telecoms, public sector, manufacturing, insurance, financial services, healthcare, transport/logistics, education and retail industries.

The study included small and medium businesses with less than 100 employees each, and multinationals with more than 10,000 staff members.

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