Equinix to highlight cloud opportunities at Cloud MENA forum

Multiple cloud service providers are offering their services from Equinix data centre in Dubai.

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Equinix to highlight cloud opportunities at Cloud MENA forum region needs multiple public and private cloud service providers to offer enterprises with more choices
By  David Ndichu Published  April 9, 2015

Equinix will be participation in the upcoming Cloud World Forum MENA, the leading cloud computing event in the Middle East & North Africa.

During the three-day event slated to take place at the Habtoor Grand Hotel, Dubai from 12th to 14th April, Equinix will engage in a thought-leadership session where Sam Johnston, Director, Cloud & IT Services, Equinix, will deliver a key note address on 'The Cloud Enabled enterprise'. The session will focus on the need for cloud-enabled enterprises in the region, the benefits for businesses of switching to one, and the transformation challenges and current trends witnessed in the industry.

Equinix MENA will also host a Cloud Open Day at their data centre, on 15th April from 10 am to 12 noon which will be open to all cloud service providers and enterprises.Equinix is a global datacentre company and provider of interconnection solutions. The company operates International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in 32 markets across 15 countries in the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific. It helps companies accelerate business performance by connecting them to their customers and partners inside the world's most networked data centres.

The Dubai colocation centre serves as an interconnection hub for the Middle East as it houses the UAE Internet Exchange (UAE-IX), which is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks, network operators and content providers.

According to a recent IDC report, the public cloud services market in Middle East and Africa is forecasted to grow at a compound annual rate of 27.4 per cent; while UAE and KSA markets are expected to grow 1.5 times of that rate during 2013-2018.

 "Cloud adoption is on the rise in MENA region and factors such as cost savings and better utilization of resources are driving this trend," said Jeroen Schlosser, Managing Director, Equinix MENA. "However, the region needs multiple public and private cloud service providers to offer enterprises with more choices so that they can move their desired IT workloads to the cloud. Equinix is spearheading cloud density in its Dubai data centre, with multiple cloud service providers offering their services from their facility. With our expertise and technology, we want to clear all the inhibitions businesses have when it comes to cloud adoption and we hope to achieve that through our participation in the Cloud World Forum MENA," said Schlosser.

The Cloud World Forum MENA will include thought-provoking keynotes, hands-on labs, brainstorming sessions and live demos over two days helping organisations make an informed decision on cloud adoption and monetisation.

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