Government departments and telecom firms in the GCC region are the biggest customers of data storage and cyber security solutions, this year’s attendees of the EMC World conference, taking place until May 8 in Las Vegas, were told.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE, closely followed by Qatar, are generating the most digital information in the region, according to a senior cyber security professional.
Director of technology solutions at RSA, Rob Sadowski, says, with the explosion of data, security issues are also multiplying and the Middle East region is no exception.
“The region generates huge and sensitive data due to its thriving energy sector, smart government initiatives and digitisation of ports services,” he adds. Sadowski of RSA, which is a security division of data software and storage conglomerate of EMC, says: “The Middle East region is one of the fastest-growing markets for us.”
Saudi Arabia’s energy giant Saudi Aramco and the UAE’s Abu Dhabi Ports Company are two of the many EMC clients in the region.
To emphasise the significance of data storage solutions, EMC showed a short film on Abu Dhabi ports during one of the sessions. As trade increases through Arabian Gulf ports, the data generated by each containers arriving at the Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, for example, is increasing. With active usage of data technologies, Abu Dhabi Ports Company has been able to reduce back-up time of vessels from 72 to just two hours.
Besides data storage, accessibility and security of information are of paramount importance. Middle Eastern firms are gradually warming up to cloud computing and hybrid cloud storages, where one department can freely access data of another and make informed decisions.
Giving a global perspective, Josh Kahn, vice-president of solutions marketing at EMC, says: “In today’s global economy, we live in a world with no borders, where ideas can originate and where the next great opportunity will present itself. More than 70 per cent of our customers have told us that IT will need to build and operate a well-run hybrid cloud in order to meet these new challenges.
“Bringing together the performance, security, compliance and control of private cloud, with the flexibility of public cloud, has been difficult in the past, with IT trying to navigate a lack of interoperability or visibility across clouds.”