It’s well-documented that, for companies looking to take advantage of the cloud through an infrastructure-as-a-service solution, there are few options in the UAE. That’s why, for the most part, the companies that have successfully set up in the cloud with such a solution tend to be start-ups handling very little personally identifiable data – thereby allowing them to host data out-of-country through international cloud service providers.
However, now there’s a cloud solution for larger enterprises that cannot host their data out-of-country, and it comes in the form of Injazat Data Systems’ InCloud solution. InCloud is a next-generation infrastructure-as-a-service solution based on OpenStack. It’s the first of its kind in the UAE, and it affords UAE organizations the ability to safely and securely take full advantage of cloud computing without needing to worry about data sovereignty problems.
The launch of InCloud couldn’t have come at a more opportune time for UAE businesses. It’s no secret that cloud computing is on the rise; according to Gartner, globally, cloud spend has doubled over the past five years, from $52 billion to $100 billion, with an annual growth rate of 17%. However, in the UAE, cloud spend has tripled over that same period, from $98 million to $276 million. And by 2020, UAE organizations will be spending $584 million on the cloud.
There are plenty of reasons why so many UAE organizations are interested in the cloud. For one thing, the technology has matured, with relevance and market applicability clearly defined for plenty of verticals. But there are still plenty of challenges to address when it comes to adopting cloud.
Chief among these challenges is compliance. The UAE’s data sovereignty laws dictate that any sensitive data – be it government, financial, medical or personally identifiable – should be kept in-country. There are a host of other laws and regulations around data protection, too. So how does your average UAE enterprise ensure that, by using the cloud, it is compliant with local laws and regulations like these? Indeed, 75% of executives are concerned about this sort of compliance, which has affected cloud uptake in the UAE.
Another challenge is security. Many organizations worry about their data being safe in the cloud, where resources are shared – 52% of IT executives say that security is a major consideration in the cloud. Vendor lock-in is another worry. What happens if you decide to part ways with your cloud provider? Can you exit the agreement without impacting your data and users? And what of your existing, legacy IT investments? Will of that go to waste upon signing up to a cloud solution?
These challenges can be overcome with InCloud. On compliance, the InCloud architecture is 100% located in the UAE, meaning data never leaves the country’s shores. And on security, InCloud provides virtual and physical isolation for computing resources if needed, while the cloud architecture provides various security measures such as SIEM, IPS, WAF, AV, encryption and multiple copies of backups. Indeed, as we explain here, your data is likely to be more secure in the cloud than it is on-premise.
On the other challenges, the InCloud architecture is modular and based on industry standards, making exiting effortless. And you’ll be provided with copies of your data through an industry-standard backup system if you ever decide to exit. Meanwhile, the cloud means that you can re-purpose existing IT investments, meaning they won’t have been wasted.
Indeed, InCloud is a powerful cloud offering combining both high-end technology and expertise in a package that keeps your data secure and compliant. Access to InCloud is available anywhere through a rich portal, which provides real-time smart dashboards to help you keep control over your operations. InCloud also offers seamless integration, plus effortless exit if you decide to move on. InCloud is also available for zero capital expenditure, guaranteeing you a faster time to market and improving your efficiency.