Demand for public cloud services in Taiwan to take off, says Microsoft Taiwan head
Aaron Lee, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES
While demand for public cloud services in Taiwan has been growing more slowly than in China, Singapore and Hong Kong, it is expected to take off mainly due to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) forming OIP (open innovative platform) Cloud Alliance, according to Microsoft Taiwan general manager Ken Sun.
TSMC, via the alliance, partners with AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft Azure, Cadence and Synopsis to set up OIP virtual design environment in a bid to use strong and flexible cloud computing capability to hike clients' IC design productivity. This is typical public cloud applications for the manufacturing industry.
In the past, enterprises asked why they had to use public cloud services and how they could handle information security, but the atitude has changed: they are now keen to use public cloud services and to know who are qualified to offer the services, which shows companies' awareness of the importance of digital transformation, Sun noted.
Digitization of business operation can bring four benefits: better service for clients; higher employee productivity; optimal business operation; and transformation of products and services, Sun indicated. Taiwan-based manufacturers give priority to cost reductions, and hope to rely on digitization to hike employee productivity. But Sun stressed the most important part is the transformation of products and services.
Public cloud services provided by Microsoft are trust cloud based on tools and platforms and comply with information security regulations such as the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), Sun said. Microsoft also provides a variety of public/private hybrid cloud services.
Compared to other providers of public cloud services in Taiwan, Microsoft offers advanced technologies in AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning to build models from data, Sun indicated.
While AWS has a global market share much higher than Google and Microsoft in public cloud service, Microsoft stands a chance of becoming the largest provider in the Taiwan market in a few years, Sun said.
Microsoft Taiwan general manager Ken Sun
Photo: Shihmin Fu, Digitimes, October 2018