Cloud computing comes of age in the Middle East

New platform will debate opportunities and challenges facing regional cloud market.

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By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 19, 2010

Leading players from the cloud computing space will today reveal their visions for this emerging technology area, as the first ever GITEX Cloud Confex kicks off in Sheikh Maktoum Hall.

The two-day conference will focus on a range of issues surrounding cloud computing, including understanding the cloud and its impact on applications and networks.

HP is one of the companies that is demonstrating cloud solutions this week and it feels the technology has allowed it to innovate in ways that simply weren’t possible before.

“Cloud has allowed us to evolve the way that we use existing technology,” says Susanne Heis, VP and GM of HP IPG in the MEMA region. “Simple things like printing via the cloud are an example of how things will change in the next couple of years.”

However, many businesses are still confused about the technology, and what it can do for them. “We’ve found that many of the people who have come to our stand today have been confused about how best to implement cloud computing,” admits Paul Gullett, VP EMEA of virtualisation firm NComputing.

GITEX Cloud Confex will feature speakers from enterprises throughout the Middle East, including Dubai’s RTA, Qatar Foundation and Knowledge Economic City in KSA. Senior representatives from IT providers such as AMD, CA, Etisalat and Oracle will be taking part in various panel discussions that are planned for the next two days.

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