Indian businesses are rapidly embracing cloud infrastructure (IaaS) to boost performance and innovation levels, new research from Oracle has revealed. While negative perceptions around security, complexity and loss of control still present barriers to adoption, these factors are fast becoming outdated myths, with those that have moved to IaaS proving the reality is far more positive.
Over three quarters (79%) of businesses in India that are already using IaaS to some extent, say it makes it easier to innovate. The same proportion says moving to IaaS has significantly cut their time to deploy new applications or services. Furthermore, 76% say IaaS has significantly cut on-going maintenance costs and 75% of all respondents believe businesses not investing in IaaS will increasingly find themselves struggling to keep pace with businesses that are.
The research also found that experienced users are almost twice as likely to believe IaaS can provide world class operational performance in terms of availability, uptime and speed, compared to non-adopters. Although some fear the move to IaaS may be complicated, 64% of experienced IaaS users say the move was easier than they expected.
Most Indian respondents agree IaaS will have a role to play in their business within three years, with 51% saying they will run most – or all of their business IT infrastructure using IaaS. A meagre 8% of respondents believe IaaS will have little or no role in their business in three years.
Subash Nambiar, VP-Cloud Platform, Oracle India, said: “There has often been a case of perception lagging behind reality when it comes to cloud adoption. It is still relatively new to a lot of businesses and some outdated perceptions persist. With new, modern cloud infrastructure services available and increased experience, we are now seeing high levels of success and satisfaction from businesses that are saving money, cutting complexity and driving exciting innovation.”
Mitesh Agarwal, VP-Solution Consulting and CTO, Oracle India, said: “This report reiterates our belief that businesses are rationalizing their time and resources to focus more on growing their core business. With innovation being a primary focus, most organizations are moving from on-premises infrastructure to a service-based model. Those resisting the move need to challenge the perceptions holding them back because the longer they wait, the further ahead their competitors will pull.”