“People’s digital presence, especially if they are global, is often an indicator of an early move – this has meant that media companies are often early adopters,” he explains.
“Companies wanting to experiment for understanding rather than just shift have typically moved to development or test environments.
“Start-ups too, with growing load and organisations with very large peaks in consumption have also been early adopters.”
According to Davidson, alluding to Datacom’s experience within the market, the more critical and larger environments have been the slowest to embrace the cloud.
“That said,” he adds, “the large public clouds like Azure, or AWS, have particular advantages for smaller organisations when it comes to implementing highly available applications on a world scale.”
But for Kiwi organisations wanting to measure up against Australia and the wider world in terms of cloud adoption, Davidson admits that it’s “not always a straightforward like-for-like comparison.”
Why? “Because Australia has some of the global public cloud providers with in-country offerings, so performance and access are different.
“Also organisations that are highly virtualised and in a private cloud can have little or no additional economic benefit in an additional move to public in most workloads,” he explains.
For Davidson however, New Zealand moved earlier than Australia and more aggressively to virtualisation and to consumption of private cloud.
“We see that at the SME end of the market, New Zealand adoption is racing ahead of Australia but at the larger end of the commercial market our sense is that Australian businesses are ahead of New Zealand,” he adds.
“This could be because of the local presence the major public clouds have established in Sydney and Melbourne data centres.
“The New Zealand Government has been extremely forward thinking in adoption of private cloud and are benefitting from the substantial savings from doing so.”
As reported by Reseller News, Datacom completed the world’s largest production SAP migration to the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform late last year, migrating Zespri International’s global SAP platform and other applications to the Microsoft cloud platform.
Conducted from Mount Maunganui in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region, Davidson recalls that the migration was “seamless, completed ahead of schedule, and was so successful” that Zespri Asia, Zespri Europe, and Zespri New Zealand could begin working off those systems immediately post migration.
“We were a little surprised given the rhetoric in the market to find that we were actually pushing the limits of what had been done anywhere before,” Davidson adds.
“It was a world first and this meant that we worked directly with the Azure development team so that a number of new features that subsequently appeared in Azure arose from and dressed the situations we had encountered.”
Fresh from taking out the top Cloud Enterprise gong at the Microsoft New Zealand’s 2015 Partner Awards earlier this month, the tech giant commended Datacom “for pushing the boundaries of what is achievable on the Azure platform.”
“There is no question that almost anything can be achieved on any of the major platforms given enough effort so the argument is more one of economics and implementation timeframes,” Davidson adds.
“With the focus from the key hyper-cloud providers on promoting price points, it is a complex process to understand the true cost of standing up mission critical solutions in the cloud.”