By Karl Horne, Ciena | Jul 19, 2012
Early steps towards commercialization of cloud-based services in Asia appear encouragingly successful. SingTel for example is looking to grow cloud services with a CAGR of around 50-70% over the next three years.
Many firms are now providing cloud-based storage services ranging from corporate services like Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) to consumer-oriented, easy-to-use cloud storage provided by Dropbox, and Apple's iCloud.
As Asia moves beyond using cloud storage services for less bandwidth-critical consumer files like music and photos, to serving the enterprise-class needs of larger, business critical data initiatives, such as disaster recovery, workload migration and virtualization, the ability to offer a secure, reliable, high-performance connection to the cloud becomes much more critical to success.
However it is important to remember that the quality of an enterprise's experience with storage-in-the-cloud depends as much on the road it has built to the cloud.
Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) applications like storage, and new applications like virtual machine mobility, are going to require more scalable bandwidth to get large transfers (of the order of Terabytes, common in finance, imaging, medical and other sectors) accomplished in a reasonable amount of time.
Today's cloud IaaS users are not coping very well with existing network restrictions, which have them sending information via discs and physical transportation, instead of electronically. These introduce their security concerns.