The future is public cloud

Regional telecoms operators are ready to launch country-wide public clouds

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The future is public cloud Noman Qadir from Citrix says there will be a surge in public cloud announcements in the next six months.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 4, 2013

Public cloud is where the future is for IT in the Middle East, and soon the region will see a burst in public cloud service providers, according to Noman Qadir, acting regional director and area vice president, Middle East and Africa at Citrix Systems.

“We need to slice and dice and look at what we mean by public cloud. For us public cloud is the future both locally and globally,” Qadir said.

Currently the large regional telecoms companies are building cloud services and utilising third party operators to deliver cloud services to enterprises. These public clouds are within country, not Middle East-wide.

“We are aware of at least six large telecoms providers in Tier 1 countries in the Middle East that are looking at building cloud service offerings at the moment. A lot of them are doing it in a way to not just target business users, but consumers, “ said Qadir.

UAE, Saudi, Qatar and Kuwait are currently leading the pack when it comes to in-country public cloud deployment. The private cloud business is currently accelerating in the region, and many companies that built their own private clouds are beginning to create public cloud where they use a service provider for their own organisations.

“You will see the first big public cloud announcement come out within the next six months and then there will be another five to six launch announcements. Public cloud is happening in the Middle East, and it is happening faster than in other regions,” said Qadir.

Service providers, telecoms operators and system integrators are all leading the charge to public cloud. Hatem Bamatraf, executive vice president, enterprise, du, has confirmed that the telecom provider has launched several SaaS offerings and IaaS and PaaS will follow.

“We intend to offer IaaS services featuring customised packages for virtual servers, virtual desktops, virtual storage  and select virtual apps offered in a pay-as-you-use and grow models. On PaaS we plan to offer  a pay-as-you-go platform for developers and QA professionals a SQL and .Net platform as a service.”

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