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Asia-Pacific SMBs to Adopt Cloud Computing as Part of Growth Strategy

‘SMBs in the APAC region have clearly realized the strategic advantages of transitioning into the cloud’

Small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) will continue to embrace the new opportunities that cloud technologies can offer. These companies in the Asia-Pacific (excl. Japan) (APAC) region will invest US$11.4 billion into cloud computing solutions, according to the latest research conducted by AMI-Partners.

Singapore-based Stefan Haas, Consulting Director Asia-Pacific at AMI, notes that "markets such as Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia provide strong annual growth potential." AMI predicts the market for cloud solutions will grow at more than twice the rate of traditional ICT technologies in 2011 in these markets. In addition, this region is expected to lead worldwide expansion of cloud computing markets thereby providing ICT vendors with a strong, sustainable growth potential.

"The proliferation of broadband internet and high-speed mobile networks provides these SMBs with an increasing number of options to access cloud solutions. This allows a completely new segment of SMBs to adopt ICT functionality for the first time especially in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities," continues Haas.

In 2011, the majority of the APAC region's cloud investments are estimated to come from SMBs in Korea, China, and Australia. While the strongest growth among APAC economies is expected to take place in China and India with annual growth rates beyond 20%, AMI expects the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) market to be the next fastest growing sub-region.

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