Cisco Systems has explained the absence of Nigeria in its 2010 Cisco Connected World Report, which showcased market opportunity for Cloud computing across the world.
Giving insight why despite the fact that Cisco claimed that Nigeria is a big market for it, yet it was not included the 2010 report, officials of Cisco Systems said that about 13 other big markets were not included as well as Nigeria.
They explained that countries involved in the study were those rated to be on the most established economies.
They noted that it was not a deliberate attempt to slider the significant of Nigeria, but based on certain parameter, which incidentally excluded Nigeria and South Africa.
According to the study, 78 per cent of IT organisations around the world are considering, implementing or having already adopted cloud as part of their IT strategies.
This is coming as another study on Pacific Crest on Cloud Computing Industry Overview since March 2010 showed that the sum of $500 billion work of IT equipment were purchased over the past five years for the optimization of legacy client-server workloads.
This, Cisco officials said, would not be adequate to support the next generation cloud computing, virtualization and mobility workloads of the future.
On Cisco’s strategy, they pointed out that the firm’s philosophy is that which stipulates that networking is a fundamental enabler for the cloud.
“It makes the cloud possible,” he declared, adding that it is a building block for cloud services, even as Cisco strategy is to leverage the network to lead and innovate in cloud infrastructure and services.
According to them, Cisco is strategically focused to provide cloud-enable infrastructure for enterprises and service providers, cloud applications cum hosting services and innovation to broaden cloud’s reach through partnership and professional services across all three areas.
Diversified cloud’s possibilities, Cisco said there would be many different types of clouds serving different purposes, so multiple approaches are required to accommodate customer objectives.
“The network can enable cloud diversity and flexibility,” he said.
On the security aspect of the cloud computing, he said, that’s what they are working on every day is bound to improve.
However, they posited that customers are adopting to cloud computing based on the fact that it has changed the fundamental economics of IT by way of balancing capital expenditure and operating expenditure constraints, in addition to reducing deployment times.
Equally, they noted that new application and information delivery models are now available, thereby enhancing IT efficiency and agility.
Further, they highlighted that new waves of innovation and revenue opportunities are now on board, while risk management has shifted from the user to the provider of IT services.
They emphasised that cloud computing has considerably affected some real-life trends that are influencing the cloud’s viability and adoption.
Underscoring the fact that an estimated 60 per cent of employees believe they don’t need to be at the workplace to deliver on their jobs or be productive, while 66 per cent of these people research stated, believe they should be able to access personal and work information at anytime, anywhere, using any device.
They said that there has been device proliferation, noting that the growth of connected devices will reach about 50 billion in 2013, which equates to seven devices per person on earth.
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