Security, skills, connectivity challenge Middle East cloud migration

As Middle East enterprises pick up the pace of migration to cloud infrastructure, IT leaders face hurdles including skills shortages, legacy infrastructure, connectivity and security concerns.

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In the last few years, hyperscale public cloud providers have established a host of new data centres in the Middle East, paving the way for enterprises and government entities to begin migrating applications to the cloud while complying with local regulations requiring certain data to be kept in-country. As with any IT project, though, cloud migration comes with its own challenges and these can differ between industries and countries.

Several issues are particularly prevalent in the Middle East, one of the biggest being a shortage of skills.

Skills shortages impede cloud migration

According to IDC, the Gulf's lack of IT talent and skills availability is a major challenge for 45% of organisations when it comes to cloud management, which in turn greatly impacts their migration initiatives. "The people you need in order to migrate to the cloud are few and far between," says Dr. Abdulrahman Alsultan, CEO of Awini, a Saudi Arabia-based provider of app-based, truck-sharing services. "This is because cloud computing is still pretty new here."

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