Study Reveals 98 Percent of UAE Businesses Use a Converged Infrastructure

According to a recent study by Dell EMC, 98 percent of businesses in UAE currently leverage convergence to ensure digital readiness. In addition, 60 percent 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.

Fady Richmany, the Senior Director and General Manager for United Arab Emirates at Dell EMC, said, “With the digital revolution altering the way every business operates, it is important for organizations 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 organizations 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 organizations accelerate their business outcomes at lower costs.”

These findings result from a survey conducted by IDG Connect, commissioned by Dell EMC, of 50 IT datacenter and storage decision makers, across the region. As organizations 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.

Said Akar, the Vice President for EMEA – Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) at Dell EMC, commented, 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 organizations 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 organizations 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.”

In response to achieving IT agility, which is central to meeting the demands of digital business, 70 percent 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 percent and 80 percent 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.

However, most respondents surveyed also cite concerns over adoption of converged and hyper converged infrastructure:

  • 66 percent of respondents state data protection and privacy to be their greatest concern
  • 56 percent 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 percent 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 organizations embracing adoption of converged and hyper converged platforms and solutions to enable delivery of faster business outcomes.