High Private Cloud Usage Sets Path for UAE’s Hybrid Cloud Migration

Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTNX) a leader in private cloud, hybrid, and multicloud computing has released an analysis of its third global Enterprise Cloud Index survey and research report,  showing how companies in the UAE compare with the rest of the world when it comes to hybrid cloud adoption. This year, survey respondents were also asked about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on current and future IT decisions and strategy. A key finding: hybrid cloud is still the frontrunner as the ideal IT infrastructure model (83% of respondents in the UAE think so, which is close to the global figure of 86%), and respondents running hybrid environments are more likely to plan to focus on strategic efforts and driving positive business impact.

The UAE is right in line with global averages for hybrid cloud adoption (just 10% penetration). However, they’re ahead of the game in their adoption of private cloud and multiple public cloud infrastructure services; the private and public clouds will eventually be integrated into the highly desirable hybrid cloud model.

Key findings:

  1. Respondents in the UAE currently run more private clouds (35%) than any other IT infrastructure model. Those from the UAE tied with Australia and Italy for having the largest penetration of private cloud of all ECI companies polled worldwide. Private cloud is a component of the emerging, highly flexible hybrid cloud model, which 83% of respondents in the UAE agreeing is the ideal IT operating model going forward. UAE appears to have done a reasonable job of paring down their use of legacy datacenter-only environments, reporting below-average penetration of 15% while the country is right in line with averages for hybrid cloud adoption (just 10% penetration).
  2. Over the next five years, respondents in the UAE plan to reduce all IT models in use except for hybrid cloud, which they expect to grow significantly. Hybrid cloud/ multi-cloud will account for 45% of new deployments in the same time frame.
  3. Security, privacy, and compliance strengths together represent the number one decision factor when considering new IT deployments. This was agreed by 26% of UAE respondents. Cost advantages ranked a distant second (13%); from there, respondents from the UAE were highly divided in their selections of the top IT deployment decision factor. More respondents from the UAE did report having to abide by executive-level mandates as their top criterion (9%) than average (2%).
  4. UAE IT pros are migrating to a hybrid cloud environment for better business outcomes, not just to save cost. UAE respondents cited better control of IT resource usage (65%), increased speed to deliver business needs (61%), and better support for remote working (61%) as their top motivators.
  5. Management tools that work across dissimilar cloud platforms are still maturing, and IT shops seek cross-platform cloud talent that’s currently challenging to find. More than a third of respondents from the UAE (35%) reported being short on the IT skills necessary to manage hybrid cloud environments, and over a fourth (29%) said they lacked skills in cloud-native and container technology, such as Kubernetes.
  6. The top reason that UAE respondents moved applications to a new environment involved concerns over security in the public cloud infrastructure (65%). The second most-often cited reason was to improve the speed of access to data (60%), a nod to the generally faster application response times of high-speed local-area networks compared to delay-sensitive wide-area networks used to reach the public cloud. In addition, significantly more respondents in the UAE than elsewhere cited having greater availability of IT skill sets on-prem (46%) as a reason to repatriate applications back to private datacenters. They also were far more bullish about avoiding vendor lock-in as a reason to keep apps on-prem.
  7. When asked where they plan to run applications in the new year 2021, respondents from the UAE were most optimistic about their intentions to host more applications in the private cloud (43%), surpassing the averages, while fewer than average said they’re likely to run more apps in a public cloud infrastructure. Slightly more than average said they intended to host more applications in on-premises datacenters (17%).
  8. The majority of UAE respondents (83%) said that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused IT to be viewed more strategically within their organizations. The pandemic has in many cases forced IT shops to turn to the cloud for readily available infrastructure that can accommodate larger numbers of work-from-home employees. Indeed, while more than a fourth of respondents from the UAE (28%) reported having no regular remote workforce one year ago, that number has plummeted to 4% since the rise of the pandemic.
  9. The COVID-19 pandemic generally drove new investments in cloud infrastructure and tools. 47% of UAE respondents reported making new investments in hybrid cloud and private cloud (41%), while 33% reported increased investments in public cloud infrastructure services because of the pandemic. Far fewer respondents from the UAE reported making no new infrastructure investments because of the pandemic (1%) than in other regions.

“It is a great sign that companies in the UAE have a healthy adoption of private cloud and multiple public cloud infrastructures. Both these components are a necessary step on the journey to a dominant hybrid cloud environment, as enterprises gain the right mix of management tools and skill sets to handle the job,” said Aaron White, Sr. Sales Director, METI at Nutanix. “The COVID-19 pandemic has influenced IT priorities. It moved many businesses’ IT focus from planned initiatives to remote infrastructure build outs to support home workers. However, in doing so, it has boosted cloud use, spurring the growth of underlying cloud infrastructure that’s essential to hybrid cloud plans and, more broadly, to corporate digital transformation initiatives.”

Editor’s note:

For the third consecutive year, Vanson Bourne conducted research on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 3,400 IT decision-makers around the world about where they’re running their business applications today, where they plan to run them in the future, what their cloud challenges are, and how their cloud initiatives stack up against other IT projects and priorities. The respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes, and the following geographies: the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and the Asia-Pacific and Japan region.

To learn more about the report and findings, please download the full third Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index, here.

Will 2021 be a Better Year for the Channel than 2020?

By: Chris Martin, EMEA and SAARC Channel Leader, A10 Networks

In the digitally accelerated COVID-19 environment of 2021 what are the top channel trends that organizations are facing? Here is my take on the channel’s outlook in 2021, and what we can expect to see in the year ahead.

Certainly, the experience of the first and now second lockdown, demonstrates how a gradual economic recovery hinges on a viable resolution to COVID-19, a vaccine, and the continued need for government intervention. The good news is that a vaccine is now being rolled out and that has certainly fueled hope that there will be some return to normality in 2021.

Expect a period of consolidation

Where the channel is concerned, over the next 12 months, we will see a period of consolidation and growth. Every vendor will be looking at how they have adapted their working practices, both internally and with partners, especially during the peak months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applying these reflections and any learnings should make for a far less turbulent year in 2021. In fact, most organizations have accelerated their digital transformation plans, which has hopefully led to opportunity and growth for the channel.

However, partners may have seen revenue decrease in traditional, mainstream technology as business requirements change. Therefore, partners should focus on developing new technologies and solutions for their customers that are suitable for a completely different way of working, particularly as the pandemic is still very much an issue. Even with a vaccine on the horizon, the environment won’t change that quickly.

Therefore, where will the growth opportunities lie?

The key growth areas for the channel will be around helping customers with cloud migration and the adoption of 5G, including addressing concerns such as network security, IoT proliferation, and lack of agility and visibility throughout the IT infrastructure.

I believe we will see the scope of partnerships change and adapt as 5G brings innovation and access to new revenue streams. There will also be significant growth opportunities in vertical sectors. This will result in vendors focusing on those partners who have specialist skills in these areas, in order to help develop the best customer solutions.

Key technologies in demand

The technologies that will drive channel demand in the year ahead are those that ensure always-available application delivery and security, both on-premises and in the cloud. Enterprises will be looking for technology that enables seamless migration, both to the cloud and between cloud-native infrastructures and hybrid solutions.

Cybersecurity and defense solutions that protect customer networks from increasingly sophisticated attacks that threaten network availability will be in high demand. Likewise, the increased use of automation, AI/ML and DevOps tools that help to simplify IT operations will grow. Technology that helps to secure multi-generational networks throughout the transition to 5G and cloud-native architectures will also see growth. And finally, organizations will be looking for solutions that help protect their investments throughout the ongoing business/digital transformation process.

Naturally, as organizations shift to remote working environments, there will be an increase in using a hybrid approach; we will see a balance of traditional on-premises combined with the use of public cloud resources. The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-generation event that has been the catalyst for irreversible change; organizations will be exploring all avenues for how they can migrate a portion of their mission-critical data to cloud technologies. This will place additional emphasis on management across on-premises and cloud infrastructure and cybersecurity.

Challenges on the horizon

As I mentioned above, working practices have been irreversibly changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with remote working set to be the norm in the future. This has, however, introduced an extended surface area for cyberattacks, which in turn makes cybersecurity a key concern for enterprises and a focus for the channel going forward.

What this means is that the enterprise perimeter has not only expanded but it has become much more distributed as many employees are no longer working inside the traditional network perimeter. Therefore, organizations need to reassess and rethink the way they defend their networks, users and data. Likewise, service providers will be experiencing increased demand to provide higher security and availability for their subscribers now that employees and children are working and schooling at home.

Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all approach and this is where strong partner relationships are essential to find the best solution to fit the need. Some organizations will place the onus on scalability, flexibility, and an efficient multi-cloud transformation. On the other hand, some organizations will need advice on how they can make a smoother and more secure transition to a remote workforce.

Keeping businesses and people connected

As we begin the new year, businesses will be thinking about several key focus areas:

  •  Where can we make efficiency gains?
  • How can we manage costs?
  • How do we ensure that we invest in the right areas?
  • How can we automate more and reduce business risk?
  • How can we remain flexible and agile to change quickly when we need to?

The organizations that understand these challenges and are ready to capitalize on growth opportunities will be those who have already transitioned, or are in the process of, transitioning their businesses to remote operations.

However, there are many threats associated with moving to a distributed environment. These include extended or unplanned downtime, data breaches, and data loss, which can all cause reputational and financial harm. The channel is in the unique position of having access to the tools, people and support necessary to keep businesses, and more importantly, people, connected. Vendors that act as enablers for all channel parties to accelerate this shift will reap the rewards of a prosperous channel environment in 2021.

Jalabiyas – Epitome of Grandeur,Grace and Elegance

No other garment symbolises the heritage of Arabian culture as much as Jalabiyas. The traditional Jalabiyas, hand-crafted by master artisans, trace their origin to ancient times and were loved and treasured by royalty.

The grandeur of the spectacular tunics has been documented and preserved by many historians and museums. It is perhaps the most enduring and iconic garment often passed down generations in a household. Exquisite weaves, rich fabrics, vibrant colours, intricate embroideries and frills were beautifully combined to create magnificent robes for every occasion. Over the years, adaptations of these full-length, flowing gowns spread from the Arab world to different parts of the world including Europe, Asia and Africa.

In 2003, Kashkha pioneered the concept of retailing affordable and stylish Jalabiyas and other modest dresses in Dubai. The label now boasts over 30 stores in all major shopping malls across the UAE, France, Singapore, Oman, Qatar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Djibouti, Morocco and Lebanon offering a stunning collection of Jalabiyas, Mukhawars, Hijabs, Modest Fashion, Nightwear and Maternity Wear.

According to the Kashkha Management, “The history of Jalabiyas is as fascinating as the garment itself. It is considered the pinnacle of grace and style, and rightly so. At Kashkha, while paying homage to centuries of tradition, our designs reflect modernity with simplicity. Echoing elegance and sophistication, our vast and varied collection of Jalabiyas offers women the perfect choice for any occasion from day to evening wear.”

The essence of a Jalabiya, which is a must-have outfit in an Arab woman’s wardrobe, is its versatility and timeless appeal. This famed and quintessential Arabic dress is as practical as it is regal. Kashkha is proud to celebrate that tradition by offering its customers a magnificent range of Jalabiyas defined by outstanding quality at unbeatable rates. There are many styles to choose  from, including the signature digital print Jalabiyas, in the splendid Autumn / Winter 2020 – 2021 Collection available both in-stores and online.

Kickstart the New Year with Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails with Medcoll & Amphis!

We all dream of healthy hair, skin and nails and adding heavy creams and using topical products can help us achieve this result to some extent. That being said, we all know that beauty starts from the inside and in order to achieve the best results and maximise the overall health of our body, it’s advisable to combine our daily skincare, hair care and nail care regimen with reliable beauty supplements that will give our bodies the vitamins and nutrients that it needs. So, if improving your overall health and beauty is one of your New Year’s resolutions, here are two of the most effective beauty supplements in the market to help you achieve the hair, skin and nails of your dreams!

Amphis Hair & Nail Nutrients (AED 399 available from leading pharmacies in the UAE ) – Oral Liquid Sachets with Keratin Sea Mineral Complex™ 

Ampis contains specially selected species of sea-based plant packs, with each one of these extremely palatable sachets offering keratin-boosting nutrients that cannot be found in land dwelling plants. The nutrient-rich marine mineral base offers a powerful dose of calcium, iodine, magnesium, potassium and other phytonutrients to promote the growth of strong nails and lustrous hair. Amphis is sugar free, gluten free, paraben free, shellfish free, not tested on animals and certified for Halal & Kosher consumers.

Medcoll Bio (AED 299 available from leading pharmacies in the UAE) – 60 Oral Capsules for a one month supply

Medcoll is a powerful anti-aging supplement that consists of a certified patent complex which combines marine amino acid collagen pre-cursors that helps activate your body to create its own collagen. The potent supplement includes hyaluronic acid required by the body for the formation of collagen (collagen synthesis), and HA, along with a high load of anti-oxidants. It also contains a high dosage of vitamin C and helps protect collagen and elastin fibres from degradation and other potent anti-aging natural compounds.