According to a Forrester report, China and India are leading cloud adoption in Asia Pacific (APAC), followed by Australia and New Zealand.
The report, which surveyed decision-makers across all APAC countries, including India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand, showed that 92% of China-based respondents use the cloud in some form. This is slightly higher than India, where 91% of decision makers said they use some form of cloud technology, followed by Australia, where 87% of respondents said they use cloud in some form.
Forrester expects New Zealand’s cloud adoption trends to follow Australia’s, adding that while New Zealand’s cloud landscape is changing, overall adoption is lower due to previous, more restrictive regulations and fewer cloud data centers.
The high cloud usage figures in China and India are complemented by the growth of data centers in the region. According to Forrester, the APAC region has the largest share of data centers worldwide at around 37%. The market research firm added that there are targeted investments to expand onshore capacity in emerging markets such as Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
India is leading the way in public cloud adoption
In terms of adopting or absorbing public clouds, India has an advantage over China, according to the report. Almost 92% of all Indian decision makers who reported using cloud in some form reported using public cloud. In China, only 85% of all respondents who reported using clouds in some form also reported using public clouds.
In addition, Indian companies are roughly on par with China in IT modernization, the report showed.
While 67% of Indian decision makers surveyed said that modernizing with cloud and new computing architectures is a top priority, about the same number – 66.66% – of Chinese decision makers said the same about modernizing and new computing architectures.
Applications are moved to the cloud
When it comes to the application portfolio in the cloud, India remains slightly ahead of China and Australia. While Indian decision makers reported, on average, that 46% of their entire application portfolio resides in the cloud, Chinese respondents indicated that only 43% of their entire applications are cloud-native. Their Australian counterparts said 41% of their application portfolio resided in the cloud, the report showed.
However, Chinese decision makers claimed that by the end of 2023 they will have moved at least 63% of their applications to the cloud. This is in contrast to Australian policymakers, who said they will have offloaded 60% of their application load by the end of 2023.
Indian decision makers, on the other hand, said they could probably only move about 58% of their application load to the cloud.
Additionally, nearly 72% of Indian decision makers said they are already using containers in bare metal infrastructures, either on-premises or in the cloud.
Meanwhile, at least 75% of Chinese respondents said they are already using containers on bare metal infrastructure – either on-premises or in the cloud – followed by 72% of Indian decision makers and 61% of Australian respondents.