Twenty per cent of enterprises in Hong Kong and China plan to use cloud computing for non-mission-critical IT services in 2011, according to a new survey by global information technology association ISACA.
The number of enterprises that use cloud computing for non-mission-critical IT services has doubled from 2010 and the number that intend to use cloud for mission-critical services has also increased from seven per cent to 11 per cent.
ISACA is a global provider of knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems (IS) assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance.
It has also noted a decrease in the number of enterprises that do not use cloud for any IT services. This number has decreased by six points to 41 per cent, says ISACA.
Those enterprises that have not yet implemented cloud computing say they have not done so yet due to information security and risk issues, budget constraints and the impact on business objectives.
Mitigation of risks
Information security and risk management has also become very important for businesses, and this seems to be the reason why 64 per cent of respondents foresee an increase in their organisation's staffing needs for information security over the next 12 months.
"With the China economy growing at a rapid pace, enterprises' needs for agility and scalability have never been greater. Cloud computing certainly fits the bill, and there is no surprise to see cloud adoption increasing so quickly here," said Michael Yung, president of the ISACA China Hong Kong Chapter.
"Today, enterprises need to place stronger emphasis on and better align three levels of governance, namely corporate, IT and data governance. They hold the key to the mitigation of cloud-related risks," added Yung.
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