As businesses continue on their digital transformation journey, the COVID-19 pandemic has also been an enabler for businesses to speed up their transformation process. Yet despite the challenges faced and understanding the need to transform, many organisations in Malaysia are still resisting the full potential of the cloud.
According to Nutanix’s Malaysian edition of its third annual Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) Report, Malaysia reported the greatest increase in the private cloud as a result of COVID-19. 58% of Malaysian respondents reported that COVID-19 caused them to increase their investment in the private cloud, outpacing the global average (37%) and their peers in APJ countries (44%).
While the numbers are promising, it’s still clear that many businesses are still not moving all their workloads to the cloud. Apart from compliance reasons, most core workloads still remain on-premises which was why some organisations have had to adopt a hybrid-working model whereby some of their employees work remotely and some work in the office.
Despite that, the pandemic still forced many respondents to strengthen public cloud infrastructure to quickly accommodate large numbers of at-home workers. A total of 67% of Malaysian respondents said they had boosted public cloud usage and 51% said they had increased hybrid cloud usage.
Here’s a summary of some of the key findings from the report:
Hybrid cloud is the ideal IT operating model for the vast majority of respondents in Malaysia and elsewhere.
Malaysian respondents are particularly bullish about expanding their public multi-cloud environments.
Cost isn’t a primary driver behind IT infrastructure change in Malaysia.
The global pandemic has raised IT’s profile and accelerated cloud adoption.
Despite being slightly behind the curve with private cloud adoption, Malaysian IT pros report above-average progress with Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI).
Speaking to DSA in a media session, Avinash Gowda, Country Manager of Nutanix Malaysia said that with business recovery on the horizon, companies in Malaysia see cloud adoption as a top priority, as revealed in the ECI report.
“COVID-19 has significantly accelerated digital transformation across industries. With digitisation as the new business reality, Malaysia’s businesses will look to make strategic investments in technology that will accelerate business recovery and enable them to scale for innovation and growth”.
Malaysia indicated substantially more interest in the areas of gaining business flexibility, better support for customers, improving security, supporting applications that won’t run easily in third-party cloud environments and to a slightly lesser degree, support for remote working.
To help accelerate and advance companies’ cloud journeys and digital transformation plans, Nutanix has committed its resources to gain a better understanding of companies’ attitudes towards cloud adoption, as well as their deployment considerations.
Interestingly, Avinash mentioned that the company has had positive growth in Malaysia as there has been a lot of demand for modernisation due to the pandemic. As Nutanix has been recognised as a leader in HCI, the challenge the company faces now in the country is ensuring they are able to get the right coverage to businesses.
Customers of Nutanix include Max Money and GDEX, of which both have recorded positive improvements to their business operations since adopting Nutanix solutions to their business. Avinash added that they are working hard to engage with their partners despite the strong competition in the industry.
“We actually like the competition as it allows our customers to go through a thorough process of modernisation and evaluation”, said Avinash.
Another interesting finding from the ECI is that most respondents indicated that security and related governance and compliance concerns are among both their largest decision factors and greatest challenges with cloud computing. This year, Malaysia and global respondents alike mentioned security concerns and integrating data across different cloud environments as the biggest challenges to maintaining a hybrid cloud environment.