Public cloud gaining ground, says IDC
Despite initial concerns over security, the Middle East is warming to public cloud
Despite private cloud being the preferred cloud model in the Middle East, public cloud services are gaining traction in this region as the market matures, according to Saurabh Verma, programme manager for IT services at IDC MEA.
Speaking to ITP.net, Verma explained that, due to security concerns, Middle Eastern enterprises traditionally opt for private cloud architectures. However, he said, as multinational public cloud providers strengthen their footprint in the region, the services that they offer are becoming more popular.
Once public cloud has been generally accepted by the Middle East, Verma said that this would lead organisations to investigate hybrid cloud deployments, despite the concept of hybrid cloud being at a nascent stage.
"The ability to leverage the benefits of both private and public cloud services will propel the uptake of hybrid cloud services," he said.
"Other benefits will include cost savings, agility, and enhanced flexibility."
Verma explained himself with the example of an online retailer as a typical business that could benefit from such an architecture, given that retailers often see seasonality in their operations.
"For example, the retailer would expect peaks during the festive and holiday seasons on its website, and hence it would need additional capacity to ensure that its systems are up and running during that time," he said.
"This is where its private cloud would burst into public for that additional capacity."
Despite this obvious benefits to hybrid cloud, however, Verma admitted that the availability of relevant skills, particularly at the architectural level, would be a barrier to hybrid cloud adoption in the Middle East.
"Considering that very few large enterprises have the internal capability to migrate on hybrid cloud, most of them will ideally have to work with an IT services provider for that," he said.
Verma's point about skills echoes opinions given by Biswajeet Mahapatra, research director at Gartner, who in June said that the Middle East was not yet up to the technical challenges posed by hybrid cloud adoption.
"These are complicated things, hence, as of now, no-one has ventured into it. Also, before getting into hybrid cloud, one should have used both private and public cloud completely. That is yet to happen, so we are still far off," he said.