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IDC: Cloud ‘megaplaforms’ are heading to 70% workload share

30 Jan 2019
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IDC has released its top predictions to impact cloud initiatives of Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) organisations through 2023. 

In recent years, we have seen organisations focus on digital transformation (DX) built on 3rd Platform technologies with cloud emerging as the de facto foundation for organisations marching towards the next level of "multiplied innovation" through expanded digital reach, pervasive intelligence, exploding app and service development, evolving customer expectations, and ambient trust and security. 

By 2022, IDC predicts the top 4 clouds (‘megaplatforms’) in APEJ will be the destination of choice for 70% of workloads, while lock-in will be avoided through multi-cloud and cloud-native approaches to achieve portability.

IDC research shows that business agility and/or the need for speed from IT are the most important trigger factors for considering cloud use in the region. 

This has driven the need for more consistent and standardised availability of automated cloud resources to enable developers and line-of-business (LOB) teams to execute at speed and cost-effectively. 

Workload portability and application delivery across multiple clouds have become the key to build a robust cloud services delivery platform for agility.

"Organisations are gravitating towards a multi-cloud environment, deploying public cloud whether through megaplatforms, private cloud and/or managed cloud services along with traditional systems which need to be integrated and managed in a holistic manner,” says IDC Asia/Pacific cloud services and software research director Daphne Chung.

“Organisations will find themselves increasingly needing to deal with the growing complexity, ensure integration and portability of workloads as they seek to achieve greater levels of innovation and business value."

The top cloud predictions impacting technology buyers and suppliers in cloud technologies and services in Asia/Pacific over the next 48 months are outlined in the report. Some of these predictions are the following:

1. Megaplatforms 

By 2022, the top 4 clouds (“megaplatforms”) in APEJ will be the destination of choice for 70% of workloads, while lock-in will be avoided through multi-cloud and cloud-native approaches to achieve portability.

3. Multi-cloud Management 

By 2022, 65% of A500 organisations will have a multi-cloud management strategy that includes integrated tools across public and private clouds.

4. Consumption-Based Deployment Model

By 2021, more than 35% of enterprise IT operations spend in APEJ will be consumption-based, the public cloud platform being preferred as a lower-risk option to manage complexity and align cost with consumption.

"Skills and resources to manage cloud implementation across private and public clouds in this region are still relatively scarce," says IDC Asia/Pacific cloud services research director William Lee.

"Thus, for enterprises starting their cloud journey, consumption-based IT will be an attractive risk-free deployment of choice to negate the complexity of managing the cloud infrastructures, improving the time to value and delivery of IT resources."