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Security outweighs cost as Asian cloud choice driver

Security is the top consideration for Asian businesses when choosing a cloud strategy and cloud vendors, according to a survey commissioned by Alibaba Cloud.


The ‘Next-Generation Cloud Strategy in Asia’ survey examined responses from 1,000 organisations across eight markets in Asia that are currently using cloud. Respondents listed security as the top reason for choosing their current strategy (private cloud: 74%; hybrid cloud: 70%; public cloud: 58%). In choosing their cloud vendors, more than two-thirds (69%) of all respondents stated that security is the most important consideration, outweighing other factors such as availability (58%) and cost (55%).


The emphasis on security in cloud vendor selection is consistent across markets and industries, especially for the Philippines (85%), Indonesia (82%) and Thailand (78%), and for sectors such as Manufacturing, Media & and Telecommunications and Financial Services. In the previous survey released in 2021, ‘security credentials’ was also identified as the top reason for choosing cloud vendors by a majority (58%) of respondents.


“At Alibaba Cloud, we prioritise the critical importance of security in cloud adoption,” said Jiangwei Jiang, Senior Researcher and General Manager of Infrastructure Products, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence. “We understand the potential impact that cybersecurity incidents can have on businesses, regardless of their size.”


Beyond security, insufficient training for employees (private cloud: 42%; public cloud: 37%) and lack of budget (private cloud: 36%; public cloud: 36%) are the other major barriers businesses experience when implementing an effective cloud strategy.


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