85% of UAE firms plan hybrid cloud strategy adoption; IBM study

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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According to a recent IBM study conducted by US-based market research company International Data Corporation (IDC), 85 percent of UAE C-suite executives are pursuing or planning to implement hybrid cloud strategies in their companies.

The study has found that 32 percent of UAE organizations are currently in the implementation stage, with over 50 percent in the planning stage. The C-suite executives in the UAE are putting hybrid cloud strategies in place to help their companies benefit from versatility, cost savings, testing and development, and disaster recovery, as per the report.

Specifically, 68 percent anticipate versatility and substantial cost savings from a hybrid cloud approach, while 56 percent see cloud as useful for testing and growth before transferring business-critical workloads to a production setting. Half of UAE respondents see hybrid cloud as a viable option for any disaster recovery requirements their company may need.

Hossam Seif El-Din
Hossam Seif El-Din
General Manager
IBM – Middle East & Pakistan

“It is evident that hybrid cloud strategies are becoming core to digital transformation journeys and increasingly prioritized in the UAE to help revolutionize business models. IBM is working with its customers in the UAE and across the globe to accelerate their hybrid cloud efforts and prepare them for transformational technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI). As organizations in the UAE transform their operations, hybrid cloud will continue to be adopted to provide flexibility and efficiencies and improve the bottom line.”

Moreover, organizations see hybrid cloud as a vital step towards application modernization or developing cloud-native applications. The study further revealed that 65 percent of respondents cited the ease of application deployment as a reason for implementing hybrid cloud in their organizations, 58 percent want to take advantage of the operational advantages, and 55 percent believe the technology would help them optimize resource allocation.

Harish Dunakhe, Research Director, Software and Cloud, IDC Middle East, Turkey and Africa said, “The IBM study conducted by IDC highlights the evolution of a hybrid cloud ecosystem in which organizations would choose a deployment option (private cloud, public cloud, or on-premise) depending upon the total value of that deployment option. Vendors that offer flexibility to seamlessly operate across multiple clouds will have an edge over others.”

“It is clear that there is a strong awareness of the benefits that organizations can leverage from hybrid cloud. As the awareness grows, we expect enterprises to encourage adoption across their organizations to fully benefit from hybrid cloud programs,” he further added.

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