Saudi Arabia competes for top position in the region in the cloud computing sector

The “Intelligent CIO” website highlighted aspects of the technological boom that the Kingdom is witnessing in the current era, as it shows a strong intention to lead the cloud computing sector in the Middle East region, by attracting the latest technology which qualifies the Saudi technology sector to develop faster than its peers.

Cloud computing is a term that refers to the computer resources and systems available on demand over the network, which can provide a number of integrated computer services without being limited to local resources to facilitate the user, and these resources include space for data in storage, backup and self-synchronization.

Nutanix, the global company specializing in multi-cloud computing, announced the results of Saudi Arabia in its fourth global survey of the Electronic Cloud Index, and its ECI research report, which measures the country’s progress in adopting computer technology .

According to the report, it is clear that the acceptance of cloud services in Saudi Arabia is increasing, driven by national efforts, such as the Kingdom’s technical vision, which is implemented under the “cloud first” policy, announced in October 2020. .

The website “Intelligent CIO”, in the topic of which the newspaper (Al-Yawm) translated, said: “The results of the ECI report from Nutanics support this vision, as the research showed that 81% of the respondents in Saudi Arabia agrees that Multi-cloud computers are the ideal operating model for their IT infrastructure. ”

It also appears that Saudi companies are in the planning stage for adopting multi-cloud networks, and are currently maintaining several independent infrastructures on which data and workloads are distributed.

In the private sector, cloud computing slightly dominates the infrastructure landscape, indicating that some heritage applications are still running in a group of companies.

25% of respondents in the UK continue to operate three-tier data centers, with the aim of reducing data center usage while increasing the use of multiple integrated clouds.

Like most of the report’s participants from around the world; Participants in the Kingdom said they were facing security, mobility and management challenges, and the need for a skills set as they embarked on infrastructure change.

The continued emergence and proliferation of tools should lead to the development of cloud platforms, support the centralization and integration of operations, as well as process automation, and mitigate these problems over time.

The report expected that with the increase in acceptance, the maintenance of the privacy of users’ data, and the assurance of cyber security, a primary objective for users in the Kingdom will remain.

The website added: “The Kingdom is committed to supporting the vision of providing cloud-first solutions and cloud intelligence, and cloud policies are very effective in promoting awareness of cloud services in the region, which in turn will accelerate their acceptance . “

The report indicates that the adoption of multi-cloud computers, whether in the private or public sector, is in full swing in the Kingdom as Saudi companies are looking for multiple clouds to provide better service to their customers and citizens in general to deliver.

And the website added: “Multi-cloud is the dominant IT model in all countries of the world monitored by the report, and the acceptance rate in the UK is rising rapidly, as the first users in the UK, which (25% ) represented by Saudi respondents in the report, said they currently use multiple clouds, private or public, as the most common IT deployment model.

Participants in the Kingdom said their multi-cloud adoption would accelerate rapidly, indicating their intention to increase penetration to 57% within 3 years.

Regarding the reasons for this accelerated acceptance, Saudi respondents said in the survey that the reasons range from better customer service (47%), improved distance work and teamwork (36%), in addition to the ability to easily and expand. demand (35%) and business continuity improvements with (35) also.

The respondents from the Kingdom indicated that they were still in the early stages of using cloud computing, while more than half of the respondents who took part in the survey reported that they did not use any public cloud service at all (54% ). And only 5% said they use more than one public cloud service provider.

Finally, the data indicate that there are persistent Saudi efforts to overcome the obstacles that may hinder the growth of the sector, such as the scarcity of skills, lack of expertise and operational complexity.

“The adoption of multi-cloud computing, whether in the private or public sector, is under way in the Kingdom.”

“The acceptance of cloud services in Saudi Arabia is increasing, driven by national efforts such as the Kingdom’s technical vision implemented under the cloud first policy.”

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