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KSA shows High Adoption and Planned Expansion of Hybrid Multi-cloud with 2024

Talal Alsaif

Over 90% of Saudi Arabia respondents admitted that their organization experienced a ransomware attack sometime in the past three years, with 54% of Saudi Arabia organizations indicating that they were able to recover within hours or days. 

Nutanix has unveiled its sixth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey and research report, which assesses enterprise progress in cloud adoption. The report reveals that a significant majority (70%) of respondents from Saudi Arabia state that their organization embraces a cloud-smart approach to IT infrastructure strategy. This strategy involves choosing the most suitable IT environment for each application. Additionally, 81% of respondents from Saudi Arabia believe that their organizations would benefit the most from a hybrid environment that combines both public and private clouds. 

“Due to imperatives such as AI, sustainability, and security, organizations are increasingly under pressure to rapidly modernize their IT infrastructure. This year’s ECI findings highlight the importance for Saudi organizations to future-proof their IT infrastructure today in order to accommodate tomorrow’s technologies. Hybrid multicloud is steadily becoming the preferred infrastructure standard due to its flexibility in supporting both traditional VM and modern containerized applications, as well as enabling seamless movement between clouds and on-premises setups,” said Talal Alsaif, Sales Director, Central Gulf & Egypt, Nutanix. 

In regard to investment priorities, 78% of Saudi Arabia respondents say they plan to increase investment in IT and cloud staff. This is indicative of continued adoption of cloud infrastructure solutions, as well as the need to modernize and optimize IT solutions. Similar to the global averages, Saudi Arabia ranked “flexibility to run across clouds and on-prem” (45%) and “performance” (43%) as its top two drivers of infrastructure choice. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia ranked “data sovereignty and privacy” lower, on average, than the EMEA region as a whole. Over 60% of Saudi Arabia respondents say that workload and app migration is a “moderate to significant challenge” given their current IT infrastructure.  Helping address this challenge is a key opportunity area for IT and Infrastructure solutions providers. The top reasons for application migration cited were “to improve security posture and/or meet regulatory requirements,” and “to integrate with cloud-native services”. Application and data control is also highly ranked by Saudi Arabia organizations surveyed this year. 71% of Saudi Arabia respondents agree having a single platform to run and manage all applications and data across clouds is ideal for their organization.

71% of respondents from Saudi Arabia agreed that their organization could make improvements to its ransomware protection stance, and 73% say they plan to increase investments in ransomware protection in 2024. 65% of Saudi Arabia respondents say operational silos between teams managing different environments remains a “moderate to significant challenge” given their current IT infrastructure. These siloed teams may be one of the leading reasons why Saudi Arabia organizations are challenged to link data from multiple environments. Additionally, 79% of Saudi Arabia respondents say their organization’s investment in data analytics will increase in 2024. this process will also create challenges.

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