Experts say that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE can save up to 50 per cent on operating costs by simplifying IT infrastructure.
According to Palo Alto, California-based Cloud and virtualization services firm VMware, there is an increasing trend of SMEs virtualizing IT infrastructure in the UAE, with business applications running on multiple servers.
By doing so, the companies could reduce hardware operating costs by 50 per cent and energy costs by 80 per cent, claims the American firm.
“In turn, organizations are combining data storage, processing, and virtualization in one simple, easy-to-use, factory-assembled computing block called converged infrastructure. Add in a layer of automated IT configurations, and it becomes hyper-converged,” it says.
A recent survey has shown that 80 per cent of global business leaders want a scalable, flexible IT infrastructure for business growth and innovation. The UAE-based IT consultancy Condo Protego says that the country is aligned with the findings of the survey.
“IT is the key business differentiator for UAE SMEs. Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure can deliver immediate benefits in saving time and money spent on IT. By not having to worry about their IT infrastructure, staff are freed up to focus on achieving mission-critical business goals,” said Andrew Calthorpe, CEO, Condo Protego.
International research firm Gartner has projected that the global hyper-converged systems market will grow 2.5 fold from $2 billion in 2016 to $5bn by 2019. The Middle East’s wider converged systems market is up by 12 per cent in 2016, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
Calthorpe says that while converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is seeing strong take-up among SMEs in the UAE, there is also impressive demand among medium-to-large enterprises that have numerous remote and branch offices, such as banks and government agencies.
“Building your own converged or hyper-converged infrastructure is like trying to build a car out of tens of thousands of parts – it can be time-consuming, expensive, and may not even work. Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure from a vendor is like a factory-assembled car that has been tested and is ready to drive,” added Calthorpe.