When it comes to cloud computing, privacy is the main concern for companies in Asia Pacific

Saiyai Sakawee

Although cloud computing has become more widely acceptable with a big players like Amazon providing the service, there are still some myths and skepticism surrounding the technology.

Microsoft has worked with over 2,000 partners in 11 countries across Asia Pacific – Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam – to identify the issues that worry companies most and alleviate their concerns.

The most common concern among the surveyed countries is a lack of privacy. Thailand is the only country that, instead of privacy, was more concerned with productivity. This is because they want to be able to work while offline.

Microsoft revealed only 46 percent of executives in Asia Pacific understand what cloud computing is. Most people who understand the benefits and believe companies should adapt to use cloud services are those in Generation Y.

Cloud computing is defined as using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store and manage data. The simplest use case is to operate it as a server that has no specific location or size. Having data stored in the cloud also means mobility and collaboration. Instead of accessing all data from a single point, global companies can share and manage the data from anywhere, including through mobile devices.

Email, backup, file sharing, and customer relationship management are a few examples that companies can use cloud computing for.

Below is the infographic showing the 11 main concerns that Asia Pacific-based companies have regarding cloud computing.

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cloud myths

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(Editing by Paul Bischoff)

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