Is the era of public cloud dominance over for Middle East organizations?
That certainly seems to be one of the biggest digital business trends of 2020 – both in our discussions with organizations across the region, and with a recent IDC survey that shows 85 percent of organizations worldwide in 2019 have planned to migrate data or apps from public clouds to on-premise environments.
Why are Middle East organizations moving from public to private or hybrid clouds?
1) Optimizing Costs – Public clouds are pay-per-usage, which can rapidly increase as organizations grow their application usage. Public clouds can also have hidden costs, such as renewal fees, or moving data on and off public clouds.
2) Flexibility and Scalability – Public clouds are a “lock-in” service, in which organizations are forced to use the services of the hyper-scale vendor, local telco, or tech company. However, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure can be easier to update. For example, organizations can choose the data center hardware that meets their business needs, regardless of the vendor.
3) Minimizing Risk – Contrary to popular belief, public cloud security is up to each individual customer. Organizations with private or hybrid clouds can better keep track of their cybersecurity and data protection strategies and solutions.
The trend of moving from public to private or hybrid clouds — called “cloud repatriation” — can be challenging for organizations to plan and implement.
Organizations should work with experienced channel partners to align business outcomes and application requirements to find the best of public and private clouds.
With private or hybrid cloud business models model, Middle East organizations are ideally-positioned to succeed as digital businesses.