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A study by EMC has shown that there is a great interest in cloud computing adoption in UAE. Upto 95% of enterprises have either implemented or plan to implement a cloud computing model. Most surprisingly, the interest lies in almost all types of cloud models.

Around 49% of enterprises have currently implemented a private cloud model whereas 35% have taken the public cloud route.

“IT organisations are striving to transform to deliver services that support the changing needs of their customers,” said Mohammed Amin, senior vice president and regional manager, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Middle East, EMC Corporation. “Today, IT must leverage private cloud because it is trusted, controlled, and reliable, and public cloud because it’s simple, low cost, and flexible.”

The main reasons behind private cloud adoption were security and control. 46% categorized maximized control and security at the top while 31% chose private cloud for the universal network access with seamless connectivity to public cloud resources. For 12%, data hosting regulations were on the top of their minds.

On the public cloud front, the reasons of adopting cloud are interesting too. For top 37%, it was due to “ease of meeting compliance requirements”. 35% think that it brings high Capex savings which was followed by 18% that consider the scalabilty factor.

However, the bigger news is: UAE also wants advanced hybrid cloud.

23% of UAE companies are interested in deploying advanced hybrid cloud solutions where some are looking for a balanced solution between two cloud models.

“This study clearly highlights the growing interest in adopting advanced hybrid cloud models to create a perfect blend of the two worlds. We recognized these needs and with the EMC Hybrid Cloud solutions look forward to enabling IT to rapidly deliver the services the business needs, so the business can deliver what customers want,” said Mohammed Amin.

The research was conducted by Dun & Bradstreet as commissioned by EMC in November 2014. A total of 100 IT decision makers from various fields—including manufacturing, retail banking and finance, IT, etc.—were contacted where they were asked specific questions related to their preferred method of cloud computing via a series of computer-aided telephone interviews to collect data for this study.