Modern data centres will enhance UAE digital economy
Gartner predicts the Middle East data centre market will top $5bn by 2019
The UAE's digital economy is at risk of losing its competitive advantage under a tsunami of data, unless businesses adopt advanced information management, industry experts claim.
Businesses using modern data centres, which are scalable, software-defined and use high-performance flash storage, are capable of analysing massive amounts of data from mobile devices, apps, sensors and social media for new business models. According to EMC, modern data centres enable businesses to bring new products to market four times quicker, quadruple the number of apps, and reduce downtime by 96%.
Research house Gartner has stated that the Middle East data centre market will reach $5.5bn by 2019 and Middle East and North Africa spending on public cloud services will double to $1.4bn by 2019.
"In the digital economy, business insights gathered from data rather than gut instincts are the key competitive differentiator for UAE organisations, allowing them to stay ahead of the innovation curve and drive new business models," said Savitha Bhaskar, COO of information management consultancy Condo Protego.
Bhasker added: "Modern data centres allow UAE businesses to support new streams of digital revenue, smarter products, and new levels of customer insights."
A recent study by EMC found that 52% of business leaders are experiencing "digital disruption", or digital transformation of their industries, and 66% are planning to invest in IT infrastructure and digital skills. Furthermore, 80% of global CIOs agree that advanced IT infrastructure reduced risk and complexity and supports future growth.
As a result, Condo Protego is seeing strong demand for EMC's line of all-flash storage, such as EMC Unity, which sets new standards for simplicity, affordability, and flexibility.
"All-flash storage solutions are very different from most current Middle East IT environments, requiring channel partners to play a key role in guiding organisations in their digital transformation strategies, modern data centre needs, and upskilling staff," concluded Bhaskar.