HP touches and feels the cloud

HP Middle East is using GITEX Technology Week to give Middle East enterprises the opportunity to get hands on with its cloud platform.

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HP touches and feels the cloud Shihabi wants to make the cloud real.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 10, 2011

HP Middle East is using GITEX Technology Week to give Middle East enterprises the opportunity to get hands on with its cloud platform.

According to HP Middle East Managing Director Eyad Shihabi, the company has taken this approach following results of a recent study which found that 85% of companies in the region are planning to roll out cloud computing in the coming years, but lack the understanding of how to do so.

Shihabi says the intention to give visitors the ability to “touch and feel” the cloud. “All of the things we are showing this week are related to the cloud,” he says. “We have our full infrastructure range on show, including cloud start which is aimed at companies looking to move into the private cloud, but who don’t know what the next move is.

“We’re also aiming to help address the future structure of their IT department; it’s not just about how to roll it out, it’s also about the cost structure of their company following on from deployment,” he adds. “Will it become a profit centre, or will it remain a cost centre? These things need to be addressed, and that is what we are seeking to achieve this week.”

He also addressed the issue of security, saying that the company was keen to help CIOs and their enterprises utilise the shift in infrastructure that the cloud is bringing to fundamentally rethink their approach to security.

“More often than not, when an enterprise is looking at cloud computing, they haven’t considered security,” adds Shihabi. “In reality, it is the second biggest barrier to cloud adoption after understanding. He also pointed to other trends that are associated with cloud, and said that the need to address them is something HP Middle East emphasising to all of the enterprises that have visited the stands. “Our recent survey found that around half of all enterprises saw more attacks during 2010; of which, more than halve were from inside the company,” he continues. “It’s becoming increasingly important to address this shift in security. Trends like the consumerisation of technology in the workplace are only increasing these risks.”

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