Infotech Lead India: A VMware survey said 50 percent respondents in India have already adopted cloud solutions or approaches – a 25 percent growth over last year.
An additional 30 percent are currently planning to deploy cloud solutions within the next 18 months.
For 40 percent, there is internal resistance to change.
“The survey demonstrates the potential for cloud computing in the country and reflects a double digit rate of adoption,” said T Srinivasan, managing director, VMware India and SAARC.
“With concerns around data privacy, integration and security limiting the adoption of cloud in India, we continue to work towards enabling organizations with knowledge and resources to raise adoption rates,” Srinivasan added.
54 percent of senior IT professionals surveyed in India consider cloud computing as a top business priority. 72 percent of respondents claimed good understanding, compared to 59 percent last year. The knowledge about cloud computing is higher at large organizations (10,000+ employees: 82 percent) compared to small organizations (<500 employees: 63 percent).
80 percent of respondents believe that cloud computing will help enable their organizations to reduce IT costs.
82 percent believe that cloud computing will help them optimize their existing IT management and automation capabilities.
Data privacy, legacy or “loss of control” (64 percent), integration with existing on-premise systems (62 percent) and security (60 percent) are the top barriers to cloud adoption in India.
“As optimism in the economy rises, businesses in India can once again focus on growth and expansion. This comes at a time when cloud computing is reaching a significant level of maturity and acceptance in India,” Srinivasan added.
The VMware Cloud Index 2012 also highlights that virtualization rates have reached critical mass in APJ, signaling that the next wave in cloud adoption is right ahead of us.
81 percent agree that virtualization is critical to enable cloud computing and 94 percent of respondents have leveraged or are planning to leverage virtualization in their organization.
Further, 50 percent of the respondents in India state that they are running 50 percent or more of their production applications on a virtualized environment – a growth of 51 percent over last year.
62 percent of Indian organizations are increasing their budgets for training internal IT staff to support their cloud initiatives, above a regional average of 55 percent.
Beyond internal trainings, 56 percent of organizations in India are actively seeking to hire new staff with cloud expertise.
This is critical, as nearly 73 percent of Indian IT professionals believe that failure to improve their cloud-related skills and gain cloud experience will increase their risk of falling behind peers professionally.
VMware recently signed on 40 Service Provider Partners to help them deliver public cloud solutions to address the increasing demand for on-demand computing in India.