Muscat: The Middle East and North Africa’s data centre spend will reach a record-high of nearly US$5 billion in 2019, industry experts announced on Tuesday, as organisations drive data centre modernisation as the foundation of their digital transformation.
In 2019, the Middle East and North Africa’s data centre systems spend will grow by 2 per cent to a record-high of US$5 billion, according to a recent Gartner report.
Organisations are modernising data centre infrastructure to optimise costs, increase agility, foster innovation, and operate more efficiently, argues the UAE-based IT infrastructure and information management consultancy and solutions provider Condo Protego.
“As Middle East and North Africa data center spend reaches record highs, CEOs recognise that data centres have moved from a cost centre to a profit centre,” said Savitha Bhaskar, COO, Condo Protego.
“Modernising data centre infrastructure is a top priority in 2019 for organisations to store, secure, and analyse more data than ever before, deliver new digital business models, and scale up as businesses grow,” she added.
Condo Protego has worked closely on the data center modernisation strategies and implementations for a wide range of Middle East public and private organisations.
In the Middle East, Condo Protego is seeing strong demand for Dell EMC’s hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, such as VxRail hyper-converged infrastructure, to integrate computing, storage, networking, and virtualisation in data centers.
“Data centre modernisation can be a complex undertaking across lines of business,” said Savitha Bhaskar.
“CIOs should work with specialised channel partners to develop digital transformation roadmaps, identify data centre solutions that best meet business needs, and reduce risk. Automation solutions can help realise utility for storage, servers, and apps in faster and more efficient business environments,” she added.