eHDF heads to the cloud
E-Hosting is focusing on offering managed private clouds locally in the UAE
e-Hosting DataFort has launched its managed cloud services and is showcasing its solutions at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2012.
The company already has a number of clients utilising its private cloud platform, including several government entities, along with Emcor Facilities Services, a private enterprise that also has a private cloud platform delivered by eHosting DataFort. The company also has a large number of clients running a virtualised platform, such as the Ministry of Public Works.
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort, said that the UAE is currently not a very highly regulated market for cloud, or cloud hosting.
“There are generally a number of guidelines that enable clients in the UAE to go for a local service provider, for example the location of the data. From a regulatory standpoint, the regulations are on the business side; for example, banks cannot host their data outside of the country by regulation. There are also country-related laws that state that governments have to store data locally,” he says.
This means that governments do not have much of an option of going on a public cloud, which is why e-Hosting is focusing on offering managed private clouds locally in the UAE.
Cloud is here to stay, according to Zeineldin, but he says the main road blocks to cloud adoption in the region are three main things: security, where the data resides, and the latency. “We believe that that the cloud industry will evolve into many clouds, there won’t be one global cloud that is available everywhere, but it would be a variation of a number of local and regional clouds and also would be a vertical focused cloud, i.e. one for banks, one for governments,” he said.
e-Hosting DataFort is also showcasing its disaster recovery and business continuity solutions at GITEX.