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EMEA organisations plan cloud move despite security fears

Equinix survey shows 71% of businesses will move more functions to the cloud

Multi-cloud convergence is hitting a tipping point, says Schlosser.
Multi-cloud convergence is hitting a tipping point, says Schlosser.

Seventy-one percent of organisations in EMEA plan to move more business functions to the cloud, despite the fact that the majority still regard cloud as a cybersecurity risk.

According to a survey conducted for data centre company Equinix, 70% of companies regard cloud as a potential cybersecurity risk. Just under half of all respondents also regard cloud as a major factor impacting on their business in future, second only to cybersecurity itself.

Large public data breaches have caused uncertainty among companies, leading to 45% of respondents focusing on improving their organisation's cybersecurity as their biggest IT priority.

In the UAE, a lower proportion (59%) of respondents believe they will move business functions to the cloud.

The survey of 1,200 senior IT professionals from across Europe, Middle East and Africa found that 60% of companies prefer data cloud that have closer proximity to their business.

The study also finds that only 17% of organisations across EMEA are currently using multi-cloud architecture. This compares to 56% who currently use private cloud and 42% who use public cloud.

Jeroen Schlosser, Managing Director, Equinix MENA said: "The trend of digital transformation is revolutionizing the MENA market, urging businesses to take innovative approaches such as cloud adoption. One of the ways businesses can use the cloud more securely is through direct, dedicated interconnections between network and cloud service providers and users and data, bypassing the hacking and performance risks of the public internet. At Equinix, we see multi-cloud convergence hitting a tipping point and the cloud as a major catalyst for changing how enterprises will do business in the emerging global digital economy."

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