Cloud computing is becoming mainstream both in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

This is one fo the findings from AMD research, due for release later this quarter. The study shows that 37% of cloud customers in Europe estimate they store more than $250 000.00 worth of data in the cloud.
In addition, 42% of European businesses considering deploying cloud solutions are doing so as a necessity to reduce IT costs – although 59% of businesses see security as the primary risk of cloud computing, but only 32% see reliability of their Internet connection as a risk.
In Asia-Pacific, 67% of businesses that have moved to the cloud are already seeing business value, while 54% of businesses believe increased efficiency one of the greatest benefits of cloud computing, more so than hardware cost savings or scalability.
Finance and accounting applications are the applications most commonly found in the cloud in the Asia-Pacific region, with 57% of respondents indicating they are already hosting these apps in a cloud environment .
“The rise of cloud computing is fundamentally shifting demands on the IT department, but different regions of the world are facing very different cloud challenges,” says Patrick Patla, vice-president & GM: Server and Embedded divisions at AMD. “We are committed to providing the right balance of price, performance and power for all types of cloud deployments around the world and are working closely with partners and customers to ensure organisations are reaping maximum benefits from this new computing model.”