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Cloud computing in Malaysia

May 30, 2012
By Jonathan Cheah

30 May 2012 - Microsoft recently released the results of a study into cloud computing in APAC countries, of which Malaysia was one of the territories studied. The research showed that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are gaining significant IT security benefits from using the cloud.

Companies that use cloud computing in Malaysia say that they are enjoying higher levels of security, spend less time managing their security and as a direct result, have reduced what they spend on managing security previously.

"There’s a perception that security is a barrier to cloud adoption," said Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, "Yet when companies embrace and invest in cloud services, they find the benefits far outweigh previous concerns."

Graphic courtesy of Microsoft Malaysia

"Malaysian SMEs must take that bold step to adopt secure and scalable technology infrastructures such as the cloud if they are to succeed in a global, interconnected economy," said SME Corp’s Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Hafsah Hashim. "Among other benefits, the cloud takes the hassle of managing security away from the SMEs, which then gives them the freedom to focus on innovating and growing their business."

It is also interesting to note that 38% of the SMEs reported that they were able to employ more staff because of such savings, while 70% of the respondents said that they increased investment in product development and innovation.

More than half those surveyed said that using the cloud enabled them to add new products and services to their business in a manner that was quicker and more secure.

"Cloud computing services are considered as an affordable solution for SMEs to outsource their ICT maintenance. Though some Malaysian SMEs have expressed their concerns over security on cloud computing, however they do acknowledge that transparency on security practices would boost their confidence in the cloud," said CyberSecurity Malaysia Chief Executive Officer, Lt Col (R) Prof Dato' Husin Jazri. He added SMEs must have adequate knowledge on information security so that they know how to respond effectively to any cyber security incidents.

The study, commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by research company comScore, polled companies with between 100 and 250 PCs in the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, India and Hong Kong. For the purpose of this research, cloud users were defined as companies that used a cloud service via a subscription model.

♠ JC


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