Publication of a white paper on “Achieving economic growth with the cloud” | Amazon Web Services Blog

On April 8, 2022, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC published a white paper, “Realizing Economic Growth with the Cloud”. AWS is also working with us to write this white paper.

In this blog, AWS Japan’s Public Policy Department will provide an overview of this white paper and related events planned for the future.

This white paper examines the effects of the cloud on Japan’s economic growth and community development based on interviews with cloud users such as enterprises (including financial institutions and start-ups), local governments and non-profit organizations.

Moreover, in order to maximize the potential of the cloud, the application configuration must be loosely coupled (the components that make up the system do not depend on each other) and it must be open to ensure workload migration. . specification, it proposes to improve interoperability and also presents countermeasures for risks that can arise when implementing IT solutions such as security misconfigurations and “vendor lock-in”.

≪Economic effect brought by the cloud≫

The white paper presents the various advantages of the cloud based on the voices of various users such as large companies, start-ups, public institutions and citizens.

  • Agility and scalability:By using the cloud, users can access various resources such as analytical tools and data storage without creating or operating IT infrastructure. The cloud also gives you the flexibility to expand your IT infrastructure. The great scalability of this cloud benefits businesses of all sizes, but especially start-ups with limited funding and talent can benefit from the cloud.
  • Global reach:With the services of a globally deployed cloud service provider (CSP), users gain access to world-class security features, foreign market practices, and top-notch engineers. You can also get a variety of cloud-related training, including machine learning, network technology, data analytics, data security, serverless computing, and DevOps.
  • Optimal placement of IT human resources:Cloud deployment frees enterprise IT departments from routine tasks such as backing up servers, applications, and infrastructure, allowing them to focus on mission-critical operations that create business value.
  • Advanced Security:CSPs deployed globally meet many global security certifications. This allows cloud users to leverage their experience and investment in CSP security. In fact, the cybersecurity benefits provided by the cloud outweigh on-premises solutions. You can also take full control and protection of your data by taking advantage of advanced features such as security, access, encryption, and logging provided by CSP. The user can select the region where the data is stored and duplicate and back up the content in multiple regions, and agree not to move or duplicate the data outside of the selected region without the user’s consent. You can also. In addition to these measures, users can take advantage of the tools provided by CSP to achieve higher levels of security data protection such as confidential computing and zero trust.

≪Best Practices for Using the Cloud≫

The cloud is part of IT solutions

The cloud is just one of many IT solutions. For enterprise and public institution users, there are many options such as (1) legacy systems, including on-premises, (2) managed services, (3) hybrid cloud which uses both the cloud and on-premises, and (4) full cloud migration.

Points to keep in mind when using multi-cloud

The white paper indicates that users should be aware of multi-cloud usage, which integrates different services from multiple CSPs.

To practice a multi-cloud environment, you must dedicate appropriate resources as a user. For example, trying to create an architecture, operational tools, and processes to run the same code on any cloud adds to the complexity of building and running workloads. Additionally, developers are required to build core technology that runs on services across multiple CSPs, so the effort is much greater than when using a single vendor. Different CSPs use different standards, methodologies, configurations, thresholds, and policies for authentication, authorization, component enhancement/monitoring/renewal, and patching, which can compromise the overall security capabilities of CSPs. users.

Additionally, many cloud service providers build volume discounts into their pricing, so spreading your workload across multiple cloud platforms loses the ability to buy in bulk.

Data portability practice

Data portability is an issue related to the use of multi-cloud. When users choose multi-cloud, the connection with the linked application should be loosely coupled. Plus, by building apps with open standards (specifications that aren’t dependent on a specific platform), it’s easy to switch vendors. Deployed globally, CSP offers a variety of data portability tools to enable users to extract and migrate data quickly and securely.

≪Contribution of the Cloud to Japanese Society≫

In addition to providing cloud services to businesses and public institutions, CSP invests in the development of local Japanese communities, and contributes to the growth of Japanese society, particularly in the areas of education, job creation and of decarbonization. In addition to creating jobs by setting up a data center, which is a cloud infrastructure, we are also actively working on human resource development, including providing educational programs that support the acquisition of cloud technology and implementing promotes STEAM education for younger generations.

Additionally, cloud data centers leverage the cloud, which can be considered the digital infrastructure of society, with high energy efficiency through high operating rates, more accurate power management functions, and high performance cooling systems that minimize energy consumption. A study by 451 Research published in 2021 showed that Japanese users could reduce energy consumption and associated carbon dioxide emissions by 77% by migrating workloads from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. Additionally, operating a cloud data center with 100% renewable energy enables users to further reduce carbon monoxide emissions in their supply chains.

The above is the plan of the white paper “Achieving economic growth through the cloud”. We would be grateful if you could download it from here and have a look.

Starting April 27, a “DXing Japan-Creating Value in the Cloud Era-” event will be held to discuss the future outlook for Japan’s business and policy in the cloud era, including the introduction of this White Book. .. Organized by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Japan – Silicon Valley Innovation Initiative @ Carnegie, this event will follow the path of Japan with the latest questions on digital transformation and competition policy in public and private companies, as well as a Silicon Valley perspective. discussed. You can watch it for free from April 27 to May 31, so join us.

This blog was written by Akira Yoshida and Toshiki Yano from the Public Policy Department of Amazon Web Services Japan GK.

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