Appetite for Network-as-a-Service Rising, Driving Conversations Across 86% of Companies in Middle East & South Africa

Digital transformation in the post-pandemic era is drawing IT leaders towards new network models that are more agile, adaptable and fit for purpose

In light of the sustained digital transformation needed to navigate the post-COVID world, a new study from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, reveals a rising interest in Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) as technology leaders across Middle East & South Africa (MESA) re-evaluate their current infrastructure and network set up.

Defined in the survey as when a company has over 50% of its network rollout, operations and life cycle management delivered by a third party on a subscription basis, NaaS is a concept that 86% of companies in MESA are currently discussing in some capacity. In fact, it is a topic of frequent discussion in almost 1 in 3 companies (29%).


When asked about the reasons behind this interest, financial efficiency emerged as one of the main anticipated benefits, with nearly three quarters (69%) of respondents in MESA expecting NaaS to help reduce operational costs, and 58% thinking it could enable a shift from CapEx to OpEx. But flexibility – both in terms of the network and team time – was another primary driver.

Over three quarters (82%) of companies agree that having the flexibility to scale their network based on business needs is key to their interest, and 43% see it as a potential game changer in how they are able to manage activities. Meanwhile, less than half (48%) are looking at NaaS to help them reduce IT staff levels – instead believing it will free up team time for innovation and strategic initiatives (42%).


The appetite for NaaS is evident. Unfortunately, the road towards implementation looks less clear, with the survey identifying a number of key barriers.

On the surface it appears that internal processes may be the issue. Among the top concerns identified by technology leaders in MESA were budget rules and investment cycles (80%), redeploying talent and skills (52%) and finding the budget (52%).

However, a deeper dive into the data reveals a much more fundamental barrier: a lack of overall understanding of NaaS. While 100% of technology leaders across the broader EMEA region said they are familiar with NaaS as a term, only two in five claim to fully understand what it means. Even among the EMEA companies discussing NaaS on frequent basis, only 46% of technology leaders claim full understanding.

And this education gap is also evident in the perception of NaaS’s viability. 7% of technology leaders in MESA currently see NaaS as an established and viable solution. The remainder either consider it to be a concept looking for a market (41%) or in its early beginnings (52%).

“As we emerge from the pandemic, the need for agility and flexibility in network management is greater than ever,” said Morten Illum, Vice President, EMEA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. “We know that NaaS can ensure the critical flexibility needed by businesses as they look to recovery and beyond, as well as solve a range of issues from security and scalability to budget and team constraints. However, in order for businesses to unlock the potential of NaaS, we must focus on bridging the gap between awareness and knowledge.”

Jacob Chacko, Regional Director, Middle East, Saudi & South Africa at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company said, “As device counts grow, endpoints diversify, and connectivity demands increase, planning a network and keeping up with change can be overwhelming. Enterprises need the flexibility of cloud agility, security, scale, and compliance from their network – which is what NaaS provides.”

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Nutanix to Bring Message ‘Cloud on Your Terms’ to LEAP Saudi Arabia 2022

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX) a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced its participation at LEAP, the global platform for the most disruptive technology professionals, taking place in Riyadh between 1 – 3 February. The company will exhibit under the theme ‘Cloud on Your Terms’ and demonstrate Nutanix’s simple, flexible, and cost-efficient platform – one that offers freedom of choice and enables true hybrid and multicloud computing.

Mohammad Abulhouf, Senior Sales Director KSA, Bahrain & Qatar at Nutanix comments, “Our participation represents Nutanix’s commitment to the Saudi market, with the intention of building on the tremendous success and growth we have experienced in the Kingdom over the past five years. LEAP brings together the world’s greatest minds and leading technology corporations. As an organization that is leading innovation in the cloud computing space, Nutanix sees the event as an important platform to share our vision and strategy for helping regional enterprises leverage the power of the cloud on their own terms.”

“A flexible hybrid multicloud solution enables businesses to select the cloud platform that makes the most sense for their needs, along with choosing from a flexible subscription-based consumption model that delivers resources as needed, eliminating waste. Businesses are able to leverage their existing investments, processes, and skill sets without needing to rework the entire organization. Nutanix’s technology encompasses these concepts. Nutanix is the best suited cloud platform provider for enterprise customers, bringing the public cloud experience down to their operations, and paving the way to hybrid cloud and multi cloud operations. Our agile solutions easily enable maximum flexibility, choice and cost savings. We believe that our technology will play a very important role in the digital transformation initiatives taking place within the government and private sectors in the Kingdom.”

Nutanix will showcase three main solution categories – Cloud (Private or Hybrid), End-User Computing and Databases. These technologies are designed to work holistically together to build a resilient IT infrastructure for organizations. They have security in their DNA, simplicity at their core, and flexibility to ensure the customer always has the power of choice.

Nutanix executives are keen to educate trade attendees about DBaaS (Database-as-a-Service) as a way to modernize data operations and simplify database management. DBaaS solutions offer customers cloud efficiencies and flexibility, but with the operational and security oversight they have grown accustomed to from existing database implementations. The Nutanix solution for databases delivers consumer-grade ease of management and delivery, operational efficiency, agility, and scale to handle even the most demanding workloads on a single cloud-ready software platform.

At the event, trade visitors will learn about Nutanix’s exciting partnership with RedHat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions. The collaboration between the two vendors enables customers to more easily build, scale and manage containerized and virtualized cloud-native applications. The alignment between Nutanix and Red Hat is set on a clear strategy of helping regional enterprises bridge the gap between private clouds and public clouds and build the right hybrid cloud model, which is the targeted model for most enterprises in the next five years.

Nutanix will exhibit from Stand Number H3-A20, Hall Number 3 at LEAP, taking place at Riyadh Front Expo Centre in Saudi Arabia.

RoyalJet Group expands its fleet with BBJ acquisition

The aircraft is undergoing upgrades and expected to be available for charter in April.

The RoyalJet Group – the Abu Dhabi owned and operated award winning global leader in premium private aviation –  has again expanded its growing fleet with the acquisition of yet another Boeing Business Jet.

The purchase transaction was completed recently and this pristine, low time aircraft is currently undergoing technological and communications upgrades in Basel, Switzerland.  It is expected to enter into service with RoyalJet and be available for charter globally in April 2022.

Rob DiCastri, CEO at RoyalJet said:  “Despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, demand in the past 6 months has exceeded supply in our sector of the aviation industry and in our region.  The overall health of the global private jet market has now been strong for an extended period of time, and growth is expected to continue.”  

“Fleet expansion, renewal and upgrade are integral elements of our ongoing customer experience transformation, allowing us to continue to provide an even more exceptional experience to our guests,” he added. 

This Boeing Business Jet boasts 23 passenger VVIP interior with a forward crew rest area for long journeys, an aft private master bedroom with private lavatory and shower, and a mid-cabin open plan VVIP lounge.  It has been finished with state of the art materials and a custom configuration designed for functionality and maximum comfort and can sleep up to 12 in VVIP lie-flat seats and its queen sized bed.     

It has also been previously upgraded with special soundproofing to reduce in-flight noise levels, along with a low cabin altitude modification, special humidifiers and a HEPA filtration system, all designed to optimize health and comfort, leaving passengers more relaxed and fresher upon reaching their destination.

To further enhance the on board experience this aircraft is being fitted with the latest technology and the best connectivity available in the market.  This will include the very latest lighting, cabin management and in-flight entertainment systems, complimented by a high-quality sound system including overhead speakers and subwoofers.  Passengers will also be able to stream high definition video content throughout the flight, including via their own personal accounts with providers such as Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video utilizing the industry leading on board wifi system.

This aircraft will also become the longest range BBJ in RoyalJet’s fleet, with auxiliary fuel tanks giving it the capability to fly non-stop for more than 12 hours and reach almost any destination globally with only one short fuel stop.  It will be the 14th aircraft in RoyalJet’s fleet, which will now include 11 BBJs – already by far the world’s largest fleet of its type. 

“This is an exceptional aircraft with exceptional capabilities, along with an interior which we are confident will delight our current and future customers.  It reduces the age of our fleet, however it is only one more step in our continued upgrade and expansion, as we are actively pursuing further additions of new aircraft going forward.” added DiCastri.

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