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Australia Leads When It Comes To Cloud Computing Adoption

Australia Leads When It Comes To Cloud Computing Adoption
Australia is leading the Asia-Pacific region in cloud computing adoption with 67 percent of businesses now having cloud initiatives in place, up from 60 percent in 2010, VMware has reported on the eve of its vForum event which opens in Sydney today.

Indeed, Australia is now the “most virtualised country in the world,” co-president Todd Nielsen – in Sydney for the event – yesterday told a media briefing at Coast Restaurant. “We find a lot of things on what the future holds for the rest of the world in this place.”

Backing him up was a Forrester Research regional survey which found an unprecedented 91 percent of Australian organisations are deploying virtualisation technology.

The survey, presented by analyst John Brand, also showed a marked shift to hybrid cloud adoption Down Under, with the percentage of organisations expecting to use both public and private clouds increasing from 39 to 43 percent.

Data residency remains a serious issue Down Under, said VMware Down Under MD Duncan Bennet who presented the results despite a nastily bloodied brow after a bout with one of Coast’s glass doors. “Businesses do not want to fall foul of Australia’s privacy regulations and they want to know exactly where their data is at any given time,” he said.

VMware yesterday also announced three new product suites claimed to simplify and automate cloud-based IT management: ops management, apps management and business management, with prices staring at US$60 per virtualised machine.

The vForum gets under way at Sydney’s Darling Harbour complex today with 6000 devotees expected to attend the two-day event. A stitched-up Duncan Bennet also hopes to be there.