Cisco launches analytics portfolio in UAE to tackle ‘problem’ of big data
Infrastructure solutions vendor urges businesses to harness ‘transformative’ power of IoT data
Cisco called on UAE data scientists to address their burgeoning data stores as the infrastructure specialist launched its own analytics solutions portfolio.
Cisco argues that big data is a natural side effect of the Internet of Things ecosystem and that proper harnessing of the technology can "drive business transformation and economic growth".
The Cisco Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything portfolio is aimed at organisations that gather a lot of data and may not be using it.
Cisco predicted that, as the UAE continues to implement smart infrastructure projects, connections will soar in number. According to the company's Visual Networking Index, mobile traffic will grow eleven-fold in the UAE between now and 2019, compared with the global tenfold average. The percentage of mobile handsets participating in machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in the GCC as a whole will rise from 8% in 2014 to 28% in 2018, Cisco forecast.
"There is a massive shift in the market where the remote device at the edge is quickly becoming an incredibly strategic tool to share and collect data, enable more informed decision making, and deliver the best customer experience possible," said Rabih Dabboussi, general manager, Cisco UAE. "But, if customers don't have the right analytics solutions in place to make sense of it, that data is useless.
"With the introduction of our data and analytics strategy and solutions portfolio, Cisco is combining intelligent networks and infrastructure with data virtualisation to enable our customers in the UAE to access highly distributed data, while adding analytics capabilities to extract valuable insights. This powerful combination allows customers to correlate historic data at rest with real-time streaming analytics at the edge, enabling customers to immediately respond to threats, dramatically improve business operations, and provide their employees and customers with the best experience possible."