Hybrid cloud to 'impact' Middle East orgs

Complex corporate ambitions are creating demand for new types of cloud deployments, says F5 director

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Hybrid cloud to 'impact' Middle East orgs Braithwaite: Corporate borders are expanding and they must include all cloud environments
By  Tom Paye Published  April 12, 2015

Middle East organisations are expected to be impacted by the rising trend of hybrid cloud deployments in the coming years, according to Garth Braithwaite, Middle East director at F5 Networks.

Speaking ahead of the annual Cloud World Forum in Dubai, Braithwaite explained how increasingly complex corporate ambitions are creating demand for new types of cloud deployments, such as hybrid cloud. He said that, as a result of new business demands, enterprises want to seamlessly exploit a data centre distributed across multiple environments - both on-premise and in the cloud.

"The ongoing migration of applications to the cloud, increased user and resource mobility, and the emergence of ever more sophisticated threats have led to the dissolution of the traditional enterprise perimeter," said Braithwaite.

"This is pushing organisations to pursue a unified services platform that spans integrated data centre and cloud deployments."

According to recent figures, the global hybrid cloud market is estimated to grow from $25.28bn in 2014 to $84.67bn in 2019 - posting a compound annual growth rate of 27.3%, Braithwaite said.

Meanwhile, the Cisco Global Cloud Index (2013-2018) notes that MEA is set to post the world's highest cloud traffic growth rate, increasing more than eight-fold from 31 exabytes in 2013 to 262 exabytes in 2018.

"Corporate borders are expanding and they must include all cloud environments. These cannot continue to be disconnected operational islands," said Braithwaite.

"If the future is hybrid - and we very much believe it is - we need to be able to manage such environments much more seamlessly, so that it benefits performance and the bottom line in an obvious and compelling way."

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