Majority of UAE businesses use a converged infrastructure or hyper converged systems
Around 98 per cent of businesses in the UAE currently leverage convergence to ensure digital readiness, according to a recent study by Dell EMC.
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 of 50 IT datacenter 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 means to streamline IT transformation.
“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 amongst organisations almost across all verticals. Keeping this in mind, at Dell EMC, we are committee d 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,” said Fady Richmany, Senior Director and General Manager, United Arab Emirates, Dell EMC.
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, makes it evident that there is heightened demand for convergence amongst regional businesses.
“In this dynamic digital economy, a strong IT backbone is key not only to ensure business sustainability but digital readiness as well. However, this paradigm shift dictates that organisations adopt technology that increases business agility and responsiveness to deliver faster outcomes and allow IT teams to enable innovation. Converged and hyper converged infrastructure platforms and solutions provide a clear path to achieve these transformation goals. Hence, Dell EMC with its broad-ranging and best-in-class converged infrastructure portfolio aims to enable organisations to help keep IT teams focused on innovation, deliver maximum performance, lower costs and streamline business operations to keep pace with today's on-demand business environment,” said Said Akar, Vice President, EMEA - Converged Platforms & Solutions Division (CPSD), Dell EMC.
However, most respondents surveyed also cite concerns over adoption of converged and hyper converged infrastructure: 66 per cent of respondents state data protection and privacy to be their greatest concern; and 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 datacenter technology, with organisations embracing 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 and 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 virtualization technologies into one system to drive performance, efficiency and cost savings.