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Middle East 'just as advanced', says VMware

CTO sees no difference between Middle East and other territories in adoption of technology

Middle East 'just as advanced', says VMware
VMware's Baguley: There tends to be a willingness to adopt much more new technology

The Middle East is no different to any other region when it comes to the acceptance of emerging technologies such as cloud or software-defined everything, according to Joe Baguley, EMEA CTO at VMware.

Speaking to ITP.net, Baguley said that, despite being asked about what differences he sees between various regions, he usually has to admit that most territories are on the same level.

"There seems to be better mobile networks over here, so that aids those kinds of projects. But generally, in terms of adoption of cloud, there's just as much eagerness and willingness to do it here as there is anywhere else. I don't think there's any major difference," he said.

"We're seeing just as much in terms of virtualisation, and confidence in virtualisation here as anywhere else."

Baguley said that there may be a 5% up-or-down variance in terms of the number of production workloads virtualised, but this did not constitute a major difference. Indeed, he even pointed out that he is often "pleasantly surprised" by the forward-thinking that he sees in the Middle East.

"There tends to be a willingness to adopt much more new technology, and also a fair amount of willingness to drop the old stuff. Sometimes, in other territories, you'll see people want to hang on to the old technology because they trust it," he said.

"The systems people are putting into healthcare information systems here, and government information systems here, [show that] in some cases, the adoption of technology is more advanced than other countries in the world."

Baguley was in Dubai for the Gartner Symposium/IT Expo, held last month. He delivered two talks on the software-defined data centre, touching on both the scale of the modern data centre and what people are set to fill their data centres with in the coming years.

"When all of the intelligence to do with networking, from everything at layer 3-7, go through the hypervisor, along with storage going into the hypervisor, what you're looking at is a future where, really, you're probably looking at racks of two new servers, with four nodes upfront, some SSDs and some hard drives in there, and that's all you're ever going to need," he said.

According to IDC's latest report, VMware was the most popular virtualisation technology vendor in the EMEA region last year, with 52% market share.

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