The Asia Cloud Computing Association is launching a ‘Cloud Readiness Index’ designed to track progress towards cloud computing-based infrastructures and services. The idea is that by mapping the criteria required for successful implementation and uptake, the association can identify potential bottlenecks that could slow adoption and “threaten Asia's digital future”.
According to Bernie Trudel, Chairman of the Asia Cloud Computing Association and Cloud CTO at Cisco APAC, the new index will be particularly relevant to governments. "National public policy makers are starting to understand the benefits of this new IT delivery model and how it can make their countries more competitive. However, they might not necessarily yet understand the issues that underpin cloud computing, or the impact that policy decisions, such as data privacy or intellectual property protection, can have on the success or otherwise of cloud computing," said Trudel.
The Index will analyse 10 key attributes critical to the deployment:
- Regulatory conditions
- International connectivity
- Data protection policy
- Broadband quality
- Government prioritization
- Power grid quality
- Internet filtering
- Business efficiency index
- Global risk
- ICT development
The attributes will be assessed across 14 countries; China, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
The press release says that worldwide spending on cloud services is expected to reach US$150bn by 2014 and spending on cloud computing is predicted to reach 30-40% of IT budgets by 2013. It also quotes figures from The Centre for Economics and Business Research that cloud computing will create 2.3 million new jobs across Europe's top five economies between 2010-2015.
The Asia Cloud Computing Association clearly wants to see a slice of that action for the industry in Asia, but John Galligan, Vice Chairman of the working group and Regional Director, Internet Policy at Microsoft, points out that “Countries with the most insightful, transparent and fair regulatory environments will be the most successful in capitalising on this new opportunity".
Basically, it’s largely down to getting the infrastructure and regulatory environment in place to allow cloud computing to take off, and that’s largely down to governments. The Cloud Readiness Index is a means to identify shortcomings and apply pressure.