EMC: UAE to be Cloud hub

The United Arab Emirates has the potential to become the cloud capital of the Middle East, EMC’s Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hollis has claimed at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

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EMC: UAE to be Cloud hub EMC’s Chuck Hollis sees big Cloud potential in the UAE.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 11, 2011

The United Arab Emirates has the potential to become the cloud capital of the Middle East, EMC’s Chief Technology Officer, Chuck Hollis has claimed at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.

Speaking after his conference appearance, he said that the most of the major components were in place in the Gulf country. According to Hollis, the only things the country lacks are a better infrastructure, and the skills to run the clouds.

“The United Arab Emirates has traditionally been one of the most open economies in the region,” he says. “When I look at things, if the government were to change a couple of small things, it could become the cloud capital of the Middle East.”

He said that the two changes are an improvement of the country’s connections to other countries in the region, rather than focusing on its connection to international markets, and the creation of a work force that had the right skills for the cloud.

“If you look at Australia, it is one of the leading countries in cloud computing today; however, while its internal connections are amongst the best in the world, there are only a few connections to the international market,” he continues. “It struggles with the same fundamental issues surrounding bandwidth and latency as the Middle East, yet good local connections have enabled to become the cloud capital of its region.

“If the government of the UAE focused on improving its connections with neighbouring countries, such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait, it could really establish itself as a leader in this market,” he adds.

The other issue he says needs to be addressed is that of skills. “The hunger and passion is here,” he says. “You can see it here today. There is no status quo here in the Middle East like there is in more developed countries where they have spent the last 20 years building up IT infrastructures that are now redundant. There is a resistance to rip all of that out.

“Compare that with the Middle East and the questions and discussions are all about how to be more agile, how to be more flexible,” he says. “They’ve seen what happened to enterprises in the developed world and want to avoid the same issues.”

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