Posts tagged ‘cloud mena’

Exclusive Interview Available with Wissam Mattout, Head of IT, NextCare Health #cloudmena

image 6d2c6861-a615-43e0-889c-4ba21cf350eb

Wissam Mattout, Head of IT, NextCare Health.

An IT and management professional with 13+ years of extensive experience in driving business excellence through effective implementation of turnkey IT solutions, as well as proficiency in project management and business continuity planning for some of the reputed entities in the region.

View our exclusive interview with Wissam here.

Don’t Miss…Wissam Mattout as he joins a panel discussion on “Mobile First: Transform Enterprise Operations and Protect Sensitive Information” at 9.30am on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

Panel topics include:

  • Learn the impact of the adoption of mobile devices, apps, content, peripherals and email management systems.
  • Understand the key drivers of enabling mobile connectivity to create an anytime, anywhere workforce.
  • Identify best practices when integrating mobile within the organisation’s existing operating model.
  • Share insights on challenges faced when embracing mobility and protecting corporate resources.
  • Identify mobile security complexities and how to manage their ongoing effects.

Panel Moderator:

  • Michael Mudd – Secretary General, Asia Pacific & MEA – The Open Computing Alliance

Panelists:

  • Ian Evans – Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA – AirWatch by VMware
  • Wissam Mattout – Head of IT Infrastructure – ISO (MEA Region) – NEXtCARE AGHS
  • Hazem Jarrar – CTO – King Faisal Foundation

Register your free pass here*


 

About Cloud MENA

You should now be aware of the Middle East & North Africa’s Leading Cloud Computing Event – Cloud MENA? Will you be joining 400+ senior-level delegates from leading Enterprises and Telecom Operators – next month at the show in Dubai?

With just 4 weeks to go until the 5th Annual Cloud MENA Forum returns to Dubai for 3 days full of networking and experience sharing, now is the time to get up to speed with the agenda. Don’t forget to block your calendars for the 12th – 14th of April 2015 and join the Enterprise and Telco Cloud dedicated streams, the Huawei Executive Summit or the BCSG interactive workshop.

Register your free pass here!

cloud_mena_646x200

Advertisements

Security and SLAs limiting cloud uptake in MENA, IT head says #cloudmena

Source: Business Cloud News

Despite strong projected growth, cloud services uptake in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could be hampered by the speed at which local cloud service providers adopt new security controls, Emirates Investment Authority (EIA) IT head Furqan Ahmed Hashmi tells BCN.

The EIA, the sovereign wealth fund of the federal government of the United Arab Emirates set up in 2007 with the intention of investing in businesses and encouraging economic diversity.

Hashmi said that the organisation recently moved its disaster recovery site into a private cloud after it virtualised the majority of its production environment, which is hosted on-premise.

“We moved from bare-metal to virtualised workloads to save on opex and capex; we saved lots of money in hardware, power and cooling costs, and it definitely gives you better admin and control,” he says. “It also makes DR easier.”

The organisation moved over some of the physical hardware it saved by virtualising its production estate to its DR site to support the private cloud implementation, which is hosted by one of the local telcos.

“We have our own infrastructure, our own network links – but of course security is still the main concern,” he says.

Hashmi explains that the organisation may see a role for the cloud when it comes to non-critical applications currently in production, but he says it would be limited at best.

“There are some limitations and security capabilities need to be built up. If we look at major cyber attacks that have happened over the last couple of years, and the solutions that can be used to combat these attacks, most cloud providers in the Middle East are still implementing these controls. Many say that they are abiding by ISO 270001, but in practical terms they aren’t.”

Analysts have found reason to be more optimistic. Gartner this week said the public cloud services market in the MENA region is likely to grow 17.1 per cent in 2015 to reach $851m, up from an estimated $727m in 2014.

Software as a service revenue alone is expected to grow 25 per cent in 2015 to $205.7m, and the firm estimates that by 2018, total public cloud services spending in MENA region will rise to $1.5bn, with SaaS accounting for 28.3 per cent of the total market and infrastructure as a service accounting for 10.7 per cent.

Still, Hashmi is bullish, and suggests that while Middle Eastern cloud providers are starting to catch up to European and American providers in terms of security sophistication, it will take much longer until we see the kind of growth rates witnessed in either Europe or the US.

“If we’re talking about public cloud, the two main challenges are security and the SLA,” he says. “If someone has a production environment in the public cloud, they need to check the network and the availability of a telco line, whether an MPLS or other kind, plus the infrastructure and underlying storage – will it be sufficient? Will the OS performance be up to scratch? The app performance? Will the underlying storage be sufficient? These are all really important features of that agreement.”

“It’s going to take more time for consumers to build confidence in locally provisioned cloud services,” he adds.

Join Speaker Furqan Ahmed Hashmi, IT Architect at Emirates Investment Authority in Dubai at the Cloud MENA Forum, on 12-14 April 2015.

Registration is free of charge for telecom operators and enterprises.
Free exhibition open to all!

cloud_mena_646x200

MEA ICT spending to hit USD 270 billion in 2015 #cloudmena

TP logo NRE

Spending on ICT products and services in the Middle East and Africa will surpass USD 270 billion in 2015, as the IT market grows 9 percent year on year, according to International Data Corporation. This makes MEA the second-fastest growing market worldwide, with the SaaS segment set to perform particularly strongly, expanding 29 percent year on year. Converged systems will be another key area of growth as more…

Click here to read more!

cloud-mena-468x60

Cloud MENA 2015 Event Brochure now available #cloudMENA

The Cloud MENA 2015 brochure is here! View the most recent agenda and full speaker line-up. IT leaders from all industries will come together in 2015 to reflect on their experiences and offer hands on advice to help you advance your IT strategy. Additionally, pioneering telco leaders convey the go to market strategies which are bringing ROI and delivering only the most secure cloud services.

Cloud MENA agenda

Key topics you will get to discuss throughout the 2 days…

The regulatory landscape of Cloud Computing and data protection in the region
• Tackling the security fear which surrounds Cloud Computing
• Evaluating cloud business models and selecting the one that fits your particular needs
• Making the right choice when selecting a vendor
How can an Operator make it as a Cloud Provider: Best in class business, sales and marketing strategies
• How can Cloud result in job losses?
• Becoming part of the smart cities initiative
Monetising Big Data and advanced Business Intelligence solutions to improve customer insights

Topics

Early confirmed Sponsors include:

MENA sponsors

Secure your FREE pass today and join Middle East & North Africa’s Leading Cloud Computing Event!

Cloud MENA 2015 Survey Results #CloudMENA

Hello Cloud community,

I am now finalising the speaker panel for our 5th Edition of the Cloud MENA Forum, taking place 13th & 14th April 2015 in Dubai. In addition to the discussions I had with leading IT experts from Enterprises, Operators, Solution Providers and Industry Bodies to understand better the Cloud-related challenges in the region, we recently run a relevant on-line survey. You can find below some of the responses we received along with comments.

We asked the audience to rate the benefits of Cloud Computing and the 3 predominant ones were: 1) Cost efficiency, 2) Data security and 3) Agility.

Following this, we asked you ‘What challenges are you facing when it comes to Cloud adoption?’. Key themes that came up were:

  • Privacy related concerns: guaranteeing data security, trusting the Cloud, understanding the regional legislation.
  • Internal related concerns: willingness to change, getting internal buy-in, and training staff.
  • Customer related concerns: communicating the technicalities, benefits and risks of collecting, storing and analysing customer data.
  • Vendor related concerns: choosing the Cloud model that responds to your needs, location of data centre, accessibility and SLA agreements, long term availability of service.
  • Technical concerns: moving large amounts of data to the Cloud, managing Big Data & Analytics, understanding SaaS Vs Cloud, convergence & virtualisation.

It is quite interesting to notice the paradox that the mentioned benefits, also constitute some of the largest barriers to Cloud adoption in the MENA region.

In addition, the lack of clear regional or national regulation on the matter adds to the confusion and makes Cloud adoption even more challenging. 35.71% of the respondent said they are ‘confused, not too sure what regulation permits’ and a 10.71% said they are not aware at all of what the regulation permits.

It is hard to miss the image the above information paints – how the IT industry in the MENA region seems caught up in a vicious circle that keeps Cloud penetration levels low. Even though the benefits of Cloud (agility, cost reduction, data security, collaboration and productivity benefits and more) are widely accepted, the privacy concerns, unclear regulatory landscape, level of initial investment required and technical challenges are making getting internal buy-in for Cloud highly challenging for IT leaders. It is apparent that there is lack of information or education (on all levels and topics) in the region.

We have developed Cloud MENA in a way that it is a high level educational platform for the region. We hope that it will break down several myths and help bring the IT industry forward in the Middle East and North Africa.Being free for operators and enterprises and featuring dedicated streams for both, with 50+ speakers, 850+ facilitated VIP introductions (in 2014) and 10+ hours of interactive and networking sessions & breaks, Cloud MENA needs to be in your calendar!

For more speaking, exhibiting, attending or anything else have a look at our website: mena.cloudworldseries.com or get in touch at melina@cloudworldseries.com

P.S. The above is just a short outline of some of the responses we got from the survey – we will elaborate further in future posts.

Best wishes,

Melina Diamantopoulou
Senior Conference Researcher
melina@cloudworldseries.com

A moment with Imad Hoballah, Chairman and CEO – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority #CloudMENA

In the run up to the Cloud MENA Forum 2015 we caught up with Imad Hoballah, Chairman and CEO from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority.

a) Would you tell us a bit more about the TRA and you role?

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is an independent public institution established by Law 431/2002 and legally mandated to liberalize, regulate and develop telecommunications in Lebanon. Our mission is to promote development, progress, digital economy, competition and investments, maintain stability in the market and protect consumers rights.

The TRA basically issues licenses, regulations, and decisions, manages, assigns and monitors spectrum and the numbering plan in the country, monitors the market for any abuse of dominant market position and anti-competitive practices and take remedial actions when necessary.

I am the Chairman and CEO of the TRA and the Chair of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the Arab “Internet Governance Forum (IGF)”, and I have been leading the TRA since April 2010. I have also been the head of the Telecommunications Technologies Unit (TTU) at the TRA since its inception in February 2007.

b) How do you see the regulatory landscape of Cloud Computing in the MENA region, how do you think it will evolve and how would you like it to see it evolve?

We are witnessing in the MENA region some efforts to regulate Cloud computing by tackling the regulatory components such as data privacy, confidentiality and security in addition to dispute resolution and Quality of…Click here to read on!

Public cloud services in MENA to grow 21.3% this year

Software as a service is expected to grow 29.1 per cent in 2014 to $126 million 

 The public cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa is set to grow 21.3% in 2014 to total $620 million, a Gartner report has revealed.

The public cloud services market in the Mena was estimated at $511 million last year and is expected to reach $1.1 billion in 2017.

dubai-clouds-620x354

Predictions for 2013 through to 2017, indicate that $3.8 billion could be spent on cloud services in MENA, $1.1 billion of which will be spent on business process as a service (BPaaS).

Software as a service is expected to grow 29.1 per cent in 2014 to $126 million compared to $97 million last year and is expected to reach $253 million in 2017.

SaaS benefits such as ease of use, low management overheads and the fact that it requires low upfront licensing investment, resonate with many Chief Information Officers in the region.

Growth in the adoption of these applications can be attributed to the fact that providers such as Salesforce.com, Google, and Microsoft have only recently been actively promoting these services in the region.

You can her more on the topics of public cloud services and SaaS benefits and challenges in the MENA region at the 4th Annual Cloud World Forum MENA, taking place from from 14-15 April in Dubai.

MENA 14-300x250

Sessions Include:

Cloud Adoption for Enterprises: Fastest SaaS Implementation on the Public Cloud

Thameem Rizvon, IT Director, Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group
Telefónica’s Cloud Portfolio for SaaS, personal Cloud and Cloud for smart devices

Shekhar Kulkarni, Global Enterprise Architect, Telefónica
Du: Innovative Cloud strategies for enterprise business SaaS/PaaS/IaaS: Which path should you choose to initiate your Cloud strategy

Vivek Srivastava, Senior Manager – Business Solutions, Du
The importance of Telco Cloud SaaS – Challenges and Launch Details

Nazmi MUHSİNOĞLU, Service Management Director, Turk Telekom

Tag Cloud

%d bloggers like this: