A path­way to profit through multi-cloud plat­forms

The National - News - - BUSINESS - ALKESH SHARMA

Mid­dle East en­ter­prises are aim­ing to add more value to their busi­nesses by us­ing multi-cloud plat­forms, an in­dus­try that is ex­pected to triple in size by 2020.

Driven by multi-cloud chan­nels, the re­gional cloud mar­ket is pre­dicted to grow to $2.4 bil­lion by 2020, re­searcher Mar­kets and Mar­kets said in a re­cent re­port.

How­ever, in­dus­try ex­perts say this fast tran­si­tion also faces chal­lenges.

“CEOs may un­der­stand the cloud’s busi­ness ben­e­fits but they may not be fully aware that cloud mi­gra­tion can be a chal­leng­ing process,” said An­drew Calthorpe, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Condo Protego, a Dubai spe­cial­ist in data stor­age and se­cu­rity.

“Mid­dle East or­gan­i­sa­tions should fol­low a sys­tem­atic ap­proach. They should out­line the time, costs and re­sources needed to move data to the cloud, be­tween clouds, and even off the cloud.”

Small and medium-sized en­ter­prises, which ac­count for more than 90 per cent of the com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the UAE, con­sider cloud com­put­ing as a main pri­or­ity for har­ness­ing their un­tapped dig­i­tal po­ten­tial in 2018-19, ac­cord­ing to the US tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Mi­crosoft.

In­ter­na­tional Data Cor­po­ra­tion, based in Mas­sachusetts, says 85 per cent of IT

Cloud and mo­bile-based ap­pli­ca­tions can help or­gan­i­sa­tions ex­ploit the ben­e­fits of data an­a­lyt­ics NISITH NAIK Cen­tra Hub CEO

or­gan­i­sa­tions world­wide are com­mit­ting to multi-cloud ar­chi­tec­tures this year. Along with var­i­ous tech­nol­ogy giants, Condo Protego is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week, run­ning from to­day un­til Thurs­day in Dubai.

“Cloud and mo­bile-based ap­pli­ca­tions can help end user or­gan­i­sa­tions ex­ploit the ben­e­fits of data an­a­lyt­ics and build new cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences and new rev­enue mod­els,” said Nisith Naik, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Cen­tra Hub, a Dubai dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion so­lu­tions ven­dor.

How­ever, he said it is es­sen­tial to se­cure the en­tire process at ev­ery stage.

“We are ex­cited to be par­tic­i­pat­ing for the third year now at Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week, which is the sin­gle largest re­gional ICT [In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy] plat­form, to demon­strate and present our cloud hosted so­lu­tions to a fo­cused au­di­ence,” said Mr Naik.

At Gi­tex, US IT op­er­a­tor Cisco will take cus­tomers through a con­nected jour­ney based on its se­cure, in­tel­li­gent plat­form for dig­i­tal busi­ness where dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions will be brought to life.

“Whether it’s a pri­vate, hy­brid, or pub­lic cloud, or any com­bi­na­tion of these, Cisco en­ables cus­tomers to em­brace a multi-cloud world by sim­pli­fy­ing how cus­tomers con­nect and pro­tect their clouds,” said Shukri Eid, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor – East Re­gion at Cisco Mid­dle East.

Gi­tex Tech­nol­ogy Week’s 38th edi­tion will present the re­gion’s big­gest ever tech­nol­ogy event that will act as the launch pad for tens of thou­sands of game-chang­ing tech­nolo­gies in­clud­ing 5G, ro­bot­ics, vir­tual and aug­mented re­al­ity.

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