The countries in the Asia-Pacific region lead in the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) released by Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA). Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia are the four countries that ranked on the top above markets such as Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The ACCA’s flagship research project, the Cloud Readiness Index (CRI) measures how ready for cloud uptake the 14 Asia Pacific countries are. Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are the countries that are usually analyzed for the purpose. This time, the study also included six non-Asian markets for comparative analysis.
Hong Kong climbed four spots, leaving two-time leading country Japan to fifth place. Singapore climbed two ranks up and occupied the second position. Taiwan (#6), Philippines (#9), Indonesia (#11) and India (#12) have also showed some betterment in their rankings this year.
Under the countries that fell in rankings include New Zealand (#3), Australia (#4), as well as South Korea (#7), Thailand (#10), and mainland China (#13). Vietnam (#14) and Malaysia (#8) hold their rankings steadily.
For Hong Kong, data privacy was the factor that helped in achieving the position. The country secured a 9.5 on the metrics compared to 6.8 it scored in 2014. The country has reportedly showed significant improvements in international connectivity and data center risk management.
For Singapore, broadband quality, data privacy, and pro-business regime are the parameters that ranked high. The country has made impressive investments in cables, power, and broadband, making it a suitable destination center for cloud business and data centers. The country has also integrated a pro-business regulatory environment. However, the freedom of information is ranked low in Singapore.
Germany and the UK made a tie at rank three, similar to Brazil, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates holding eighth position. The United States is ranked at fifth position.
The ACCA report shows an intra-regional digital divide. There is a wide gap existing between the top performers and the bottom six countries.