The Asia Pacific region is seen as a growth market for cloud computing services, particularly starting in 2011. With business booming and competition becoming more intense, organizations will look for ways to cut costs and improve efficiency. Given the market potentials, Oracle (news, site) is launching its cloud solutions center in Beijing, meant as a development platform for its regional partners.

At the Oracle OpenWorld in Beijing, Oracle announced its Cloud Computing Solution Center, which is setup in Beijing's Cahoyang District. The facility will be equipped with the latest software and hardware offerings from Oracle -- including the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Meant as a platform for innovation, Oracle is inviting its partners throughout the Asia Pacific region to take advantage of the facility for the development, testing and launching of their cloud-ready business solutions.

Oracle Asia Pacific is optimistic about the demand for cloud computing in Asia Pacific. According to executive vice president Steve Au Yeung, Oracle is committed to providing a quality platform for cloud computing in the region.

"The Oracle Cloud Computing Solution Center in Beijing will provide customers and partners a facility where Oracle can showcase the combination of hardware and software, all engineered to work together to create the next generation of mission-critical, efficient Data Centers. Oracle aims to inspire innovation and enable the delivery of market-leading cloud computing solutions for diversified industry needs," he says.

Asia Pacific a Growth Market, but Challenges Lie Ahead

IDC predicts that the Asia Pacific region will see increased spending in cloud initiatives in 2011. This is particularly in two fronts: private cloud computing and cloud computing provisions as a service. Given business concerns about security, privacy and reliability, most are expected to run private cloud setups, or at least run their applications in virtually-separate cloud architectures.

The region sees challenges in cloud adoption, both structural and regulatory. This comes in the form of disparities in broadband adoption, particularly in developing economies. For some, the concern is with regard to existing laws and policies on data management.

In China, for example, only about 4% of businesses use cloud services. This is partly caused by reluctance to store and serve data from offshore servers. With Oracle's setting up of its cloud facilities in the country, this can help cloud computing providers bank on the untapped potential in the country and likewise throughout the region.