The presence of cloud computing providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and AliCloud are also casting an influence on the rate of cloud adoption among Japanese businesses.
AliCloud leads the pack and accounts for 43% of the local cloud market in Japan. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud take the rest of the market at 31.7%, 16.8%, and 8.5% respectively.
The flurry of activities by these industry bigwigs, along with recent technological trends, has contributed to this rise of cloud adoption among organizations worldwide.
PC Mag defines cloud computing as “a means of storing and accessing data and programs over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the internet.”
In more technical terms, cloud computing is an application-based software infrastructure that works by renting access to applications and storage from a cloud services provider instead of owning computing infrastructure or data centers. The main computing occurs on a remote machine, apart from what is currently being used. The data that is collected during this process is saved and processed by cloud servers.
The cloud servers free up the memory and computing power of disparate computers by hosting platforms, software, and databases remotely. Users can then access cloud services securely by using the appropriate credentials obtained from the cloud computing provider.
Cloud computing generally follows three delivery models:
Building the infrastructure needed to support cloud computing services was the main priority of Japanese companies as their cloud IT infrastructure revenues increased by 14.6%.
Gartner sees this trend continuing through 2020. The firm also predicts that most Japanese businesses will grow their cloud IT Infrastructure revenue further by 5.9% by the next quarter and expects most of them to have cloud-first or cloud-only policies by the end of the year. Improved time to market, increased flexibility, lower operating costs, and better collaboration are some of the factors contributing to this remarkable trend.
Here are ten more reasons why cloud computing is imperative and how it can become a significant change driver for your business:
With the public cloud market in Japan predicted to grow from US$6.2 billion in 2018 to US $15.6 billion by 2023, the time to move to the cloud is now. It helps businesses scale and keep up the pace in a competitive market by providing mobile access to data with improved manageability and maintenance, unparalleled flexibility, and availability of resources on-demand.
If you, as a business, are striving for improved business agility and better outcomes, migrating to the cloud should be your first step. The benefits of migrating to the cloud are many, and it can help you:
IDC published a handy market assessment guide in 2019 that shared tips on how to choose the right managed cloud services provider. It gave relevant guidance to leaders and decision-makers on differentiating cloud services providers by comparing them on the basis of the breadth of their services, a robust portfolio of managed services, how quick they are at achieving disaster recovery, availability of 24/7 support, etc.
An independent report by Crisp Research further highlighted improved business outcomes for companies using managed cloud services and suggested that enterprises ask themselves the following questions as part of their managed cloud services provider assessment process: