Local hosting will push UAE’s digital economic growth; Buzinessware
Local hosting can offer businesses increased security and improved performance
Data security and digital innovations are poised to play a significant role in the UAE's efforts to drive in more digital economic growth, according to Buzinessware, a Middle East Internet infrastructure service provider.
The company has further noted that local hosting can provide UAE and regional-based businesses with key advantages and benefits, including increased security and improved performance.
According to a report by Deloitte Middle East, the regions digital economy is set to double over the next three years, passing $30bn by 2018. The growth demonstrates the expanding nature of the Internet's reach across the Middle East and North African region.
Buzinessware also reported that 91% of an estimated 335,450 companies in the UAE are known to host offshore, at an average cost of AED800 annually, while local hosting packages are priced at AED365 for the same service and data allowance.
The report also states that the country's economy could save over AED132m annually by switching to local web hosting options.
"The move towards digitisation is dramatically changing the MENA region, and UAE remains at the forefront as the leading Internet economy in the region," said Sajid Iqbal, co-founder, director strategy and operations at Buzinessware. "As the digital landscape continues to rapidly evolve, companies in the UAE have expressed a demand for a hosting provider that is focused on offering fast, secure and scalable hosting environments, coupled with one-to-one support."
Local hosting is expected to provide UAE and regional-based businesses with the promise of a secure and performance oriented solution. When content accessed by local users is hosted overseas, the content must traverse expensive and under-provisioned international links, which can have a significant impact on the user experience with increased delays. Local hosting solutions increase a website's speed and search engine visibility when visiting from the GCC.