Is hybrid cloud the ideal IT platform for the UAE?

Most enterprises are taking a hybrid approach to cloud computing, but what specific challenges do UAE enterprises face?

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In the UAE, interest in a variety of cloud solutions, including hybrid, has grown as options have widened. Enterprises, though, face some challenges in order to reap the benefits of hybrid-cloud implementations.

 Contrary to most Western countries, the UAE's government sector is often on par with the private sector when it comes to investing in IT projects. On many occasions it actually leads the way as early adaptor and incubator of emerging technologies.

The fact that there are a considerable number of government-related entities in the UAE adds further critical mass to these new initiatives. Yet there are restrictions, as organisations linked to the government must ensure that the technologies they use meet specific in-country data residency, privacy and security standards. 

And to an extent, all enterprises in the UAE are under similar restrictions, including those organisations offering goods and services in the European Union, which must comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This can affect how a technology, especially cloud computing, is used.

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