Barracuda Networks released a new survey shows that organizations in Singapore are very slow to adopt the public cloud due to security concerns. 750 executives, managers and contributors from the Asia Pacific, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa participated in Barracuda’s survey.
Singapore is very skeptical to move to public cloud
96% of respondents from Singapore say security concerns are holding back their organization’s move to the public cloud. The rate is much higher than the global average of 70% and higher than the Asia Pacific (85%), EMEA (66%), and the US (59%). Despite these suspects, 40% of them say that they do run some of their IT infrastructures in the cloud.
70% of them are expected to move their IT infrastructures to the cloud in the next few years. Singapore businesses are still waiting for moving public cloud because probably more than half (58%) have been victims of cyberattacks in the past. Top concerns are the overall security of public cloud infrastructure, the impact of cyberattacks, and public cloud app security. James Forbes-May, vice president of Barracuda APAC said:
“As a major financial hub, attracting businesses of all sizes, with its superior connectivity, infrastructure, and smart nation vision, Singapore is well-positioned to fully embrace the benefits of public cloud. The concerns highlighted within the report are understandable, however, the good news is that organizations can overcome these challenges with the right tools and processes in place to keep pace with market innovations.
As more IT infrastructure moves to the public cloud, cloud providers will offer more native network capabilities, and public cloud will expand to include more network functionality, allowing organizations to fully embrace the agility and efficiency offered by the public cloud. The key is having a security vendor able to offer advanced security and cloud connectivity tightly integrated with the major cloud platforms.”
The high cost is the second reason
The cost of moving to the cloud is another reason that affects the companies’ willingness negatively. The lack of in-house skills to manage the adoption of public cloud (32%), difficulty adhering to regulation and compliance (32%) are the other reasons.
According to Singapore respondents, Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a way to deal with some of these challenges, and a way to gain a secure, integrated network. The report indicates that 22% of Singapore organizations deploy SD-WAN, and 46% are deploying or expect to deploy SD-WAN in the next 12 months.