More Phl companies to migrate to Cloud in 2014

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - DataOne Asia President and CEO Cyril Rocke said he expects remarkable developments in cloud services in the Philippines this year.

Rocke said he sees new global players will emerge in cloud services and a broader market this year as more industries migrate to the Cloud.

He also anticipates formation of partnerships between traditional hardware vendors and new cloud providers. He also believes there will be a creation of new services and business applications due to cloud adoption.

The emergence of new major cloud providers such as Google to compete with Amazon, Rackspace, and other players is expected.

Rocke said he sees IT infrastructures being standardized globally and that more enterprises worldwide will continue to turn to the Cloud for their IT computing needs. "This is the major trend and I see that this is accelerating," he said.

In the Philippines, cloud computing’s acceptance from enterprises is increasing faster than anticipated since last year. This 2014, Rocke expects cloud computing to gain an even wider recognition.

“I’m not saying that all the companies will go for it, but we see from a lot of different industries the demand and acceptance for Cloud,” he said.

Rocke cites industries that need to adopt cloud technology are those that involve large amount of transactions such as companies in retail, logistics, and banking.

“If you’re a logistics company, there’s a lot of movement of goods to be delivered quickly, frequently, and precisely. Due to the nature of this industry, network security and speed of computing infrastructure are key because you need to scale or increase your capacity quickly on demand,” he explains.

During the holiday seasons, DataOne has clients requesting for an increase in capacity. “Being able to deliver that capacity very quickly shows our service is able to address the specific needs of those industries."

According to Rocke, the Cloud’s impact in the Philippines was already felt in 2013. Last year saw a drop in sales in large hardware manufacturing as enterprises slowly migrated to the Cloud.

“At the same time, the large traditional hardware vendors like IBM, HP, Dell, and others are using various strategies to enter the Cloud. We see convergences between them and new emerging cloud providers," Rocke said.

Although he expects a higher demand for data center services and cloud infrastructures in 2014, Rocke clarified that it doesn’t mean needing larger data centers because a lot more computing power can now be delivered through the Cloud.











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