A recent research report that included an extensive survey in Saudi Arabia revealed that there is a strong trend towards shifting to cloud computing through government initiatives and the adoption of the private sector and institutions to establish infrastructure in more than one path in the field of computing.
A report prepared by “Newtanix” for the Global Cloud Computing Index for Enterprises said that the adoption of cloud computing services in Saudi Arabia is increasing, driven by the national efforts in the Kingdom, including the policy of “cloud computing first for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, a document that was announced in October of the year 2020.
And 81 percent of those surveyed in the report from Saudi Arabia stated that multi-cloud computing is the ideal operating model for their IT infrastructure and that organizations in the Kingdom are planning to adopt multi-cloud computing, while currently maintaining many independent infrastructures. to which data and workloads are distributed.
The report also revealed that 25 per cent continue to operate “three-tiered” data centers with the goal of reducing data center usage to 9 per cent by 2024 with the intensification of multi-cloud usage.
Most of the participants in Saudi Arabia confirmed that they face challenges while working on changing the infrastructure related to cloud security and mobile devices, explaining that they will rapidly accelerate the adoption of multiple cloud computing networks, at a time when the penetration rate increases to 57 percent within three years.
The report indicated that 47 percent of those surveyed confirmed that their reliance on the use of multi-cloud computing or planning to implement it was due to its advanced features in customer support, while 36 percent of them indicated its valuable additions towards improving remote work and stimulating professional cooperation, while 35 percent indicated that cent that it facilitates them to make continuous improvements to their business.
According to the survey, 83 percent said that in the past year they moved applications and businesses from one technological information infrastructure to another, indicating that this rate of respondents is considered a relatively high and a high indicator of application movement; But it is coupled with the reliance on the legacy data center and that there are early planning stages towards implementing a multi-cloud strategy.
According to the survey, the data shows that there are difficulties and obstacles in overcoming the scarcity of skills, in addition to the complexity of administrative and operational processes, which slows down the process of accreditation and appointment.
The report showed that among Saudi companies that moved one or more applications during the transfer process last year, this was due to two main factors: either improving the information security situation and achieving the required auditing, or enabling faster and easier application development.
The Saudi respondents in the report emphasized that they preferred maintaining consistent performance as a second priority, while the task of integrating data across cloud environments was consistently ranked among the top three issues mentioned among the respondents.