EMC says local telcos investing in public cloud

Company says in the next 24 months, 10% of companies will have processing done in public cloud

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EMC says local telcos investing in public cloud Mohammed Amin, senior vice president of EMC Corporation in Turkey, emerging Africa and Middle East says that UAE telcos are already half-way through implementing public cloud.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  July 29, 2011

Telecoms operators in the UAE are already investing in developing public cloud and are halfway through the journey to creating cloud services according to Mohammed Amin, senior vice president of EMC Corporation in Turkey, emerging Africa and Middle East.

Amin said that cloud computing will grow everywhere and most of EMC's customers already have some activities in the cloud sector,  either in private cloud or public cloud.

"If you look at the figures, they say in the next 24 months, most companies will have at least 10% of their processing done in the public cloud. Most customers already have the capability to do private cloud, in house and that is really about efficiency," said Bill Scannell, executive vice president of Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

EMC says it is currently well-positioned to provide optimum cloud services through its ownership of VMware.

"Today there is a really high growth of servers and the management of those servers was becoming incredibly expensive and difficult. VMware enables you to get huge consolidations; 20:1 consolidations, so that is really the first step in cloud computing is getting efficient, is doing server and storage consolidation.  I don't meet any customers today that are not well on their way to consolidation," said Scannell.

Many corporate consumers are concerned about the safety and security of public cloud and what happens if the cloud service goes down, as the Amazon cloud service servers did several weeks ago, but Scannell says it depends on the cloud provider and the services they are using on how safe the service will be.

"Our strategy has been to put best of breed technology in place so we did a joint venture with Cisco and VMware called VCE and that is about building a V-block infrastructure which is converged infrastructure, with high availability, high performing storage, servers and virtualisation all pre-built, re-tested and delivered to our customers. Many of our customers are using that as a foundation for their private clouds, but many of the telcos and large service providers are using that same infrastructure for the public cloud. If you look at the reliability of that type of infrastructure and the security that we put on top of it with our RSA security division, it is a very robust infrastructure and we are not having issues like you hear with some of the other cloud service providers," said Scannell.

EMC currently spends approximately $2bn a year on R&D and over the last few years has also spent the equivalent amount on acquisitions per year.

To maintain and increase market share, EMC is also investing in education, teaching teachers at various universities across the Middle East to deliver an independent, non-biased curriculum for storage and IT information management.

"We are in conversation right now with a couple of universities in Saudi, a couple in Dubai, UAE in general and universities in other regions. We are going to get professors from those universities and will train them with EMC experience and investment, and they will be able to have this as part of the curriculum of the scientific courses, which is very good for the economy. You are going to get fresh graduates who have some experience in the IT market and have basic knowledge [of storage architecture]," said Amin.

EMC is also developing the skill sets of engineers in the Middle East, ensuring that they have the same level of skills as EMC engineers in North America to make sure the end user has a worldwide standard for EMC's infrastructure.

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