Halfway through 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted countless lives and businesses. However, if there is one industry that has witnessed unprecedented growth in these times, it would be cloud computing. As the Internet and the surrounding ecosystem has become more valuable than ever, the APAC cloud market is responding to the uptick in the demand among small and medium businesses to opt for cloud computing. While most non-essential businesses are requiring employees to work from remote locations, the demand for cloud-driven business model is only going to increase further. The reason behind such popularity and demand for cloud computing lies in its cost-effectiveness, which finds relevance in almost all SMEs that are tight on their budget. Evidently, the cloud market is saturated with a number of providers, including IT vendors, webscale players and system integrators that are developing strategies to differentiate their service offerings.
Cloud continues to revolutionize the operational methodology of the enterprises, helping them enable not only an agile business model and scalability but also data accessibility in diverse environments. While enterprises are streamlining their daily operations by adding the advantage of the cloud to their existing IT infrastructures, they also need to address the need for a cloud management platform for managing their multi-cloud deployments. In a nutshell, the inclination of diverse industries toward a digital native business has been a catalyst in driving the adoption of cloud computing in the APAC region.
With this edition of APAC CIO Outlook, the intention is to bring to the attention of CIOs, how the APAC cloud market is fast shifting from the underlying IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS to value-added services. A typical scenario among the organizations seeking a multi-cloud IT foundation is becoming more agile in a bid to keep up with the digital disruption. In some parts of APAC, an increase is expected in the number of IoT and edge computing deployments, driven by the commercial availability of 5G and cloud adoption. The adoption of 5G will bring in features such as low-latency and high bandwidth networks, enabling far-away sensors to share updates about connected devices, therefore enabling real-time processing. Also keeping the security aspect in mind, every organization aiming to shift to the cloud are investing resources and time to build a multi-layered security strategy.
To help CIOs navigate through the list of cloud solution providers, APAC CIO Outlook brings the top 10 cloud solution providers 2020 that exhibit competence in delivering robust solutions.