Cloud computing: Where are we in the Philippines?

Published July 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

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By Jonnah Lynne Pante

GLOBE INFOGRAPHIC copy (1)The tech and business scene has seen a lot of talks regarding digital transformation and how important it is for business to stay competitive and avoid being disrupted. Digital transformation in itself is a widely discussed topic, and one area where we see a lot of focus on is cloud adoption. With the Philippines serving as a cradle for a number of enterprises, where do we sit in this digital shift?

In the Cloud Readiness Index 2018 presented by the Asia Cloud Computing Association, the Philippines remains to be one of the countries in the Asia Pacific who have yet to mature in terms of cloud adoption. Out of 14 economies across APAC, the Philippines landed on the 9th spot, falling behind South Korea and Malaysia, and ahead of Thailand, Indonesia, India, China, and Vietnam. The top three spots were occupied by Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand respectively.

In terms of the four segment rankings of Cloud readiness for the 14 economies in the APAC, the Philippines tied with Malaysia in 9th place for Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud Regulation, and 12th place for Cloud Security and Cloud Governance.

According to the study, one way to gauge Cloud Readiness is in terms of Cloud Infrastructure. A critical parameter for a strong infrastructure is Power and Sustainability. The Philippines, together with Malaysia, has a good performance in terms of sustainability, being one of the only two emerging countries that is above the regional average.

One hindrance to widespread cloud adoption is cybersecurity. Many perceive that transitioning to the cloud makes them prone to security threats and attacks. It also doesn’t help that the Philippines is one of the countries that is lagging behind in infrastructure and skills to address cybersecurity risks.

In light of the fact that the Philippines is an emerging country embarking on digital transformation, businesses still have a long journey, especially in cloud take-up. Recognizing this, breakthrough companies like Globe Telecom have been harnessing what is needed to drive cloud adoption, while at the same time helping clients and enterprises see the full potential of moving their businesses into the cloud.

After being the first local telecommunications company in the country to have their own private cloud, Globe ups the ante by offering the Amazon Web Services (AWS) catalog in their business cloud solutions lineup.

Globe started transitioning to virtual machines from physical ones in 2009, and has adopted a “Cloud First” policy in 2014. By the year 2020, the company expects to have end-to-end automation, self-healing applications, and self-optimizing cloud.

With their objective of making cloud adoption easier for businesses and enterprises, Globe Telecom, through its information and communications technology (ICT) arm Globe Business, has a wide array of solutions tailored for every kind of cloud journey and every kind of business. To know more about this, visit