International Data Corp. Asia Pacific’s report titled “Cloud and COVID-19: Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan)” examines the latest data on end-user intentions regarding the impact of COVID-19 across IT and cloud spending.
The increase in software-as-a-service (SaaS) spending will be driven by remote work solutions and conferencing/collaboration services.
“The pandemic has brought opportunities for some organizations to take advantage of changed operating conditions to address the weaknesses on what projects to deliver under the current conditions,” says William Lee, research director for Cloud Services at IDC Asia Pacific.
IDC’s “Cloud Services: Global Overview” is a unique research service that provides a “rolled up” view of the entire cloud services market. It provides a wide-angle complement to other IDC research programs that provide drill-down views of specific cloud markets and topics such as IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, private clouds, and edge. This program analyzes how quickly cloud services are being adopted across customer segments and the organizational barriers to faster adoption. It also details key customer expectations about cloud benefits/concerns as well as forecasts how the cloud will impact vendor business models and service offerings.
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IDC said that as organizations transition to the “Next Normal,” increased demand for public cloud services has solidified and is likely to be maintained. Asia/Pacific countries are emerging from the immediate reactive state and are building plans for recovery — with some countries moving faster than others. Moderate growth can be expected across all countries, with the exception of New Zealand which will generally remain unchanged.
With the initial temporary interruption of hardware supply chains, some of the increase in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) spending is likely to be short-term virtual private cloud (VPC) with hyperscalers.
Security is one of the top areas for spending and also the area with little impact on the spend, making it a must-have item.