Study reveals 98 per cent of UAE businesses use converged infrastructure or hyper converged systems
According to a recent study by Dell EMC, 98 per cent of businesses in the UAE currently leverage convergence to ensure digital readiness. In addition, 60 per cent of respondents show a highly positive sentiment towards the adoption of these advanced systems and state strong understanding of the benefits offered by converged and hyper converged infrastructure.
These findings result from a survey conducted by IDG Connect, commissioned by Dell EMC, of 50 IT datacentre and storage decision makers, across the region. As organisations aggressively adopt new technologies and approaches to accelerate their digital maturity, this study outlines the rapid growth of converged and hyper converged infrastructure as a means to streamline IT transformation.
In response to achieving IT agility, which is central to meeting the demands of digital business, 70 per cent of respondents feel that converged and hyper converged infrastructure supports their overall IT transformation strategy. In view of this, nearly two thirds of the respondents state convergence to be an important, long-term aspect of their overall IT approach. On the same note, with 74 per cent and 80 per cent of respondents likely to invest in converged and hyper converged infrastructure respectively this year, it is evident there is heightened demand for convergence among regional businesses.
However, most respondents surveyed also cite concerns over the adoption of converged and hyper converged infrastructure:
• 66 per cent of respondents state data protection and privacy to be their greatest concern
• 56 per cent of respondents feel investment cost for convergence act as a major barrier
In order to address these concerns, it is crucial for vendors to empower customers with collaborative technologies that help meet their demands as 68 per cent of respondents expect vendors to improve service level availability terms.
In this scenario, it is clear that converged and hyper converged infrastructure represent the most prominent trends in datacentre technology, with organisations embracing the adoption of converged and hyper converged platforms and solutions to enable delivery of faster business outcomes. With a 45 per cent market share among IT providers offering the most comprehensive and industry-leading converged and hyper converged infrastructure portfolio, Dell EMC aims to help organisations simplify all aspects of IT by seamlessly integrating compute, network, storage and virtualisation technologies into one system to drive performance, efficiency and cost savings.
Fady Richmany, Senior Director and General Manager, United Arab Emirates, Dell EMC, said: “With the digital revolution altering the way every business operates, it is important for organisations to view IT transformation initiatives as a key factor to gain market differentiation. In this regard, the demand for converged and hyper converged infrastructure has seen a remarkable increase since its inception and has gained traction among organisations almost across all verticals. Keeping this in mind, at Dell EMC, we are committed to simplifying IT and enabling it to foster innovation to ensure business sustainability. With our industry-leading and most comprehensive converged infrastructure portfolio, we aim to help organisations accelerate their business outcomes at lower costs”.