Asia's cloud readiness measured

Asia Cloud Forum staff
Asia Cloud Forum
The Asia Cloud Computing Association last month launched a "Cloud Readiness Index" to track the region's cloud adoption progress.
 
The Index studies a spectrum of cloud computing-based infrastructures and services. By mapping the conditions and criteria required for successful implementation and uptake, the Association aims to identify potential bottlenecks that could slow cloud computing adoption.
 
The new "Cloud Readiness Index" analyzes 10 key attributes critical to the deployment and use of cloud computing technology across 14 different countries/cities: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
 
The 10 attributes included in the first release are:
1. Regulatory conditions: License requirement of cloud services and data center, intellectual property protection, lawful intercept for cloud content.
 
2. International connectivity: Bandwidth available for International connectivity; combined with the reciprocal of price per Gbps.
 
3. Data protection policy: a survey on whether cloud providers are free from laws that penalize based on nationality, and whether there are laws that protect user data disclosure.
 
4. Broadband quality: Combining the broadband quality score (up/down/latency) with broadband penetration figures for each country.
 
5. Government prioritization: Combination of government ICT prioritization, cloud RFI/ RFP.
 
6. Power grid quality: Electricity supplies that are free of interruptions and shortages so that cloud services are delivered unimpeded.
 
7. Internet filtering: Incoming filtering of content, freedom of content flow without tarruf and net neutrality policy in place.
 
8. Business efficiency index: Based on five factors: productivity, labor market, finance, management practices, and attitudes and values.
 
9. Global risk: Seven key risk areas: macroeconomic; security; governance; resource security; climate; pandemics; societal resilience.
 
10.ICT development: 11 ICT indicators are included in the ICT Development Index (grouped by the three sub-indices: access, use, and skills).
 

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