Comtrust kick-starts region's infant hosting market

Comtrust host's seminar to educate local organisations about the business and technology benefits of hosting services.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  July 1, 2002

Etisalat business unit, Comtrust is attempting to drive the growth of the region’s infant hosting market. Comtrust yesterday hosted a seminar in Dubai in an effort to educate local organisations to the business and technology benefits of hosting services.

“There is a growing trend of organisations identifying the need for reliable and secure dedicated hosting services, tailored to meet the needs of growing complexities within their businesses,” says Omran Sultan Al-Owais, general manager, Comtrust.

“Comtrust [is] eager to promote the role of eHosting in the region and ensure organisations continue to spend big portions of their IT outsourcing budgets within the UAE,” he adds.

Historically, the region’s businesses have been slow to embrace hosting services. Many of organisations, which are using hosting services, have opted to use providers in the US, rather than those in the local market.

However, Etisalat is convinced that this trend is about to change due the PTT’s huge investment in its own hosting facility, and the growing need among local businesses to outsource the management of certain IT services. Comtrust is now capable of competing with hosting facilities in Europe and the US.

“Companies utilising the services Comtrust provides, enables them to take full advantage of our technical expertise, experience and resources in this field,” says Al-Owais.

“Our customers have realised that Comtrust is a better place to host, manage and support their critical Internet applications. In doing so, they have seen substantial reductions in their operating costs.”

However, Etisalat will not have the local hosting market all to itself. Jordan Telecom (JTC) has been operating its own hosting services for the last 10 months.

Also, IBM Global Services and Dubai Internet City recently teamed up to create, launch and market a collection of outsourcing services from a DIC-based data centre.

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