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40% of ME organisations plan to move to cloud

Survey by eHosting DataFort reveals IT budgets increased in 2010 to cope with new technologies

40% of ME organisations plan to move to cloud
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort says that the report shows the problems that CIOs face trying to keep up with new technologies with tight IT budgets.

A survey conducted by eHosting DataFort in partnership with ITP Publishing has revealed that more than 40% of organisations are planning to move across to cloud computing technologies over the next 12 to 24 months.

The IT Trends Survey 2010 surveyed 370 regional CIOs, IT managers and IT executives across 11 countries in the region.

The majority of respondents were from the UAE, with 46% of respondents, and Saudi Arabia, with 24%.

Respondents were also from a range of industries, including IT (35%), government/public sector (10%), construction (7%), oil and gas (8%), trading and distribution (6%), banking and financial services (4%), shipping and logistics (2%) and aviation (1%).

To cope with the rapid changes undergoing the IT industry, 56% of organisations allocated higher IT budgets in 2010 than was predicted by analysts.

"The survey clearly outlines the emerging trends prevalent in the industry. Today's CIOs face various challenges in managing their IT environments due to the need to improve business efficiencies despite the lack of skilled manpower and tight IT budgets. In order to overcome some of these challenges, they are increasingly looking at partnering with service providers in order to capitalise on the skilled resources and standardised processes for the efficient delivery of IT operations," said Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort.

The key areas of organisational IT investment identified by respondents include PC hardware (48%), network and security (46%), servers (46%) and backup and storage (43%). Twenty-nine per cent of organisations that responded to the survey were considering using an external data centre.

"Interestingly, the survey has pointed out that using a Service Provider Data Centre is increasingly gaining significant attention. This has been highlighted mainly to reduce capital investments (35%), achieve better control of operational costs through fixed monthly subscription fees (35%) and an ability to scale or shrink dynamically (30%)," said Zeineldin.

Organisations were focusing on three main areas for 2010, these were business productivity, infrastructure improvements and cost reduction.

Another key IT growth trend moving forwards is virtualisation, with 23% of organisations already having implemented virtualisation and 36% planning to virtualize their infrastructure within two years.

According to the survey, the most common outages experienced by organisations are hardware or software failures at 34%, power disruptions at 29% and application infrastructure failures 16%.

Thirty-two per cent of organisations are looking at investing in Disaster Recovery services in the next one to two years.

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