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Cloud computing in the Middle East: The next big tech market?

The COVID pandemic has sparked a surge of interest in cloud-based technologies and applications. Meanwhile, hyperscale public cloud services continue to open up , clearing a path for cloud adoption at a faster pace.

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Adoption of cloud computing is accelerating in the Middle East, fuelled by the pandemic, government spending on huge smart city and public administration projects, and the availability of an expanding range of data centre and managed service options to support enterprise adoption of emerging technology.

Hyperscale and regional providers alike are rushing to meet demand for cloud services. Data centres from major players including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle, and IBM have cropped up across the Middle East over the past few years, adding to the existing cloud presence of Alibaba, SAP and regional providers.

This bodes well for economic development in the region since cloud technology, with its cost-efficient processing capabilities and data storage possibilities, is essential to unlock the potential of new technology such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).

Data centre proliferation is not likely to slow anytime soon. A big reason is the pandemic, which added fuel to an already-growing cloud market.

COVID lockdowns spurred cloud adoption

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