IDC Says Cloud Computing Is More Than Just Hype; Worldwide IT Spending On Cloud Services Expected To Reach US$42 Billion By 2012

Singapore and Hong Kong, March 5, 2009 – According to IDC, worldwide IT spending on cloud services will grow almost threefold, reaching US$42 billion, by 2012. As the cloud computing model offers a much cheaper way for businesses to acquire and use IT, IDC expects its adoption to be amplified by the cost-cutting mantra of most organizations today.

In a recent IDC survey conducted with 696 IT executives and CIOs across Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) to gather their views, understanding, current usage and planned usage of cloud computing, it was found that 11% of the respondents are already using cloud-based solutions. A further 41% of the respondents indicated that they are either evaluating cloud solutions for use in their businesses, or already piloting cloud solutions. When asked about their opinion of the current state of cloud computing, 17% of the respondents stated that although cloud computing is very promising, there are currently not enough services available to make it compelling. (See Figure 1)

Chris Morris, Director for IDC’s Asia/Pacific Services Research and Lead Analyst for Cloud Computing Research in Asia/Pacific says, “Future uptake of cloud computing looks strong. Over the next three years, as the use of cloud services expand from the domain of early adopters to that of the early majority, it becomes critical for IT vendors to develop strong cloud offerings, and play a leadership role in aligning their new cloud products and services with their organization, their traditional offerings, partner ecosystem, and customer and market requirements. IT vendors who fail to seriously contend for a leadership role will be left with a minority share of the lucrative pie.”

For IT vendors to be successful in the cloud market, they will have to address users� cost concerns. The survey also revealed that more than 50% of the respondents indicated cost cutting as the key driver behind the adoption of cloud computing. (See Figure 2)

However, it is also important to note that supplying low-cost services alone will not guarantee success, as users are also indicating that any cloud solution they buy must offer competitive pricing, offer Service Level Agreement (SLAs) and offer complete solutions.

“Some IT vendors are well positioned to do this but others who are focused on a single solution will need to build strong partner ecosystems to bring broad solutions to their customers. The time to do that is now, as our survey respondents have indicated that in three years time, their use of cloud-based services will be very different as compared to what we see today” added Chris. (See Figure 3)

IDC’s Asia/Pacific Cloud Computing Conference 2009 will be held at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore on Tuesday, 10th March 2009. For more information about the conference, visit

About IDC’s Asia/Pacific Cloud Computing Conference

Cloud computing is reshaping the IT marketplace, creating new opportunities for suppliers and catalyzing changes in traditional IT offerings. Over the next four years, IDC expects spending on IT cloud services to grow almost threefold, reaching $42 billion by 2012. More importantly, spending on cloud computing will accelerate throughout the forecast period, capturing 25% of IT spending growth in 2012 and nearly a third of growth the following year. IDC’s inaugural Asia/ Pacific Cloud Computing Conference 2009 will be held across 8 major cities in Asia/Pacific during March and April 09, focusing on the key theme � Preparing for the Next 20 Years of IT. For more information about the conference, visit