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CIO Review >> Magazine >> March - 2015 issue

Growth of the cloud-platform industry is going to be exponential, as cloud virtualization is being increasingly appreciated globally and is more readily available in more regions, particularly in Asia where we have seen a strong desire for greater capacity. Asia Pacific is of particular interest as it is very likely to be the leader in growth over the next few years. According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, the region is projected to generate 1.5 zeta bytes of cloud traffic annually by 2016, the highest in the world. Cloud computing has moved beyond hype in Singapore and the island country is showing strong interest in cloud, especially when compared against current usage in the United States and United Kingdom. Investment in IT will continue to grow in Singapore as many international companies expand their presence in the Asia region and use Singapore as a hub. This economic growth will further drive demand in cloud computing adoption in Singapore and across the Asia region. However, the country may now need to look beyond infrastructural excellence and develop its “soft infrastructure” such as data privacy and management capacities in order to maintain its lead as one of the most pro-cloud economies in Asia Pacific. A major challenge for Singapore IT leaders is figuring out how to integrate cloud into their existing IT infrastructure. Cloud users in Singapore tend to initially adopt cloud as part of a hybrid model that ties back to their traditional IT infrastructure. Organizations often get started by moving applications, such as e-mail and websites, into the cloud, as well as use the solution for test and development purposes. Large organizations have complex IT needs, and they need to look beyond mass-market cloud offerings for enterprise-grade solutions that meet their concerns about privacy, security, scalability and performance. A trusted cloud computing provider can show that not all clouds are the same in terms of security levels, service-level agreements, etc. Hence, it is advisable to look for a recognized leader and trusted cloud provider as you plan your transition to the cloud. To assist enterprises in selecting the most suitable cloud solutions provider for them, CIOReview has come up with a list of “10 Most Promising Cloud Solutions Providers in Singapore”. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, industry analysts and CIOReview editorial team scrutinized various companies before finalizing the Top 10 names.

10 Most Promising APAC Cloud Companies

Company Management Founded Description
James Dennedy President and CEO 1963 A provider of proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality industry. They specializes in property management, inventory & procurement, and mobile & wireless solutions.
Barracuda Networks Anshuman singh,   Director 2003 A provider of security, networking, storage products based on network appliances and cloud services. Products aim for protecting email, web surfing, web hackers and instant messaging threats.
BT Global Singapore Luis Alvarez   CEO 2000 A provider managed networked IT services and high quality telecommunication services. Their expertise lies in Telephony, Networking, Cloud Services, and Unified Communications.
CloudFX Damian Crotty,   CEO 2009 A provider of multi-vendor cloud platforms including Cloud Consult, Cloud Select Cloud Service Brokerage (CSB) and Cloud DMS platforms, dedicated client portals and single billing 
High tech solutions Paul High   Founder  2010 A provider of managed IT support and tailored solutions to SME business needs. Their specialization lies on Web & mobile applications, e- CRM and Website development & SEO.
IIJ Global Singapore Osamu Ono,   Managing Director 2012
A provider of total network outsourcing services from designing to building and managing corporate networks. Their specialties include Cloud Solutions Provision, IP Connectivity and Cloud Systems Integration.
Lifesize Casey King,   CTO 2003 A provider of high definition video conference solution facilitates a connected experience across devices and meeting rooms. Their specialties include Video Conferencing, High Definition and Telepresence.
Tata communications Vinod Kumar   CEO 1986 A provider of networking, unified communications, media services, cloud computing, data centres, and network security. They are specialized in Broadband, Subsea Cable Network and Terrestrial Cable Network.
Techmatrix   Singapore
Dharamvir Sharma   Managing Director 2010 A provider of Business and IT Strategy consulting, specializing in Cloud Computing technologies and platforms. Their specialization also lies in Cloud Computing Consulting, CRM and Salesforce Automation.
Total e-biz solutions   Singapore Bijjala Radhakrishna     Project Director and Founder 2003 A provider of software development services, partner of both Microsoft and K2. Their specialisation includes Custom software development, Mobile Application, Cloud Application and Staff Augmentation services.