Asian Developers Moving to Cloud Computing

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-07-07 Print this article Print

Developers in the Asia Pacific region are increasingly moving to cloud computing, according to a recent survey by Evans Data.

Developers in the Asia Pacific region are increasingly moving to cloud computing, according to a recent survey by Evans Data.

More than one in four developers in the Asia Pacific region are using cloud services or expect to within the next six months, Evans Data officials said. According to the market research firm's most recent Asia Pacific Development survey, 11.3 percent of respondents said they are currently using cloud services, with an additional 16.4 percent saying they plan to begin using them within six months. And over half of the respondents said they expect to be using cloud services at some time.

Evans Data's biannual survey of more than 400 Asia Pacific software developers also showed that transactions were the most likely type of implementations to be planned for public clouds - those outside the firewall - while storage was the least likely.

"The cloud computing value proposition has been more compelling in the APAC  [Asia Pacific] region vs. NA  [North America] or EMEA  [Europe, the Middle East and Africa]," said John Andrews,  president and CEO of Evans Data. "Their primary motivations for adoption have been ease of use/speed to market and the overall economics/cost savings which relate well to the youngest and most inexperienced developer population where  eight of 10 work in small organizations."

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • Sixteen percent of Asia Pacific developers employ Microsoft Silverlight some of the time but an additional 34 percent expect to do so.
  • Three quarters of Asia Pacific developers are considering SOA implementations, though less than 10 percent are currently fully deployed.
  • PayPal is the most commonly used form of online payment system being built into applications - its use is more than three times as common as Google Checkout.
With its Asia Pacific developer survey, Evans Data measures major technology shifts and adoption patterns for a wide range of topics, including scripting language use; 3GL language use such as C++, C# and Java; platform targeting and migration; and other technology adoption including cloud, Web services, SOA, parallel programming and agile development trends. The survey series is now in its 11th year.

The complete table of contents and sample pages of the Evans Data Asia Pacific Development Survey can be seen here. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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