A massive transformation is taking place in the Middle East technology market with new demands, tighter budgets and the need for flexibility, according to executives from Red Hat’s Dubai office.
The open source solutions provider believes companies will be forced to rethink their approach to IT, though the right tools are at their disposable.
Speaking ahead of the firm’s recent Red Hat Tour event in Abu Dhabi, George De Bono, General Manager for Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), said: “It used to be that IT departments decided which technologies would be deployed. But today’s employee is far more tech savvy and we are seeing the emergence of shadow IT.”
“Each department within the organisation is looking for technology solutions that will meet its requirements. With budgets shrinking or at best remaining stagnant, CIOs now face the daunting challenge of implementing technologies that will address the needs of each one of these stakeholders,” he said.
De Bono believer Red Hat’s open source approach offers a strong value proposition while maintaining the reliability, flexibility and performance expected of enterprise-class solutions.
“Customers now require elastic capacity, on demand and we are providing scalable, flexible and highly cost effective solution platforms that make this possible. Our open-standards approach eliminates lock-in and enables our customers to seamlessly move their workloads between different environments be it on-premise or between the different cloud models,” he said.
An increasing number of enterprises are adopting a hybrid cloud model, where more and more production workloads are deployed across heterogeneous virtual, private cloud and public cloud data centres. This is where Red Hat’s recent acquisition of ManageIQ gives the company a big advantage.
ManageIQ is a leading provider of enterprise cloud management and automation solutions that enable organisations to easily deploy, manage and optimise across private clouds, public clouds and virtualised infrastructures.
Once ManageIQ’s enterprise cloud management and automation technologies are integrated with the complementary Red Hat CloudForms hybrid Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and the open Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation management solution, Red Hat will be able to offer customers an unparalleled open hybrid cloud management portfolio.
DeBono also highlighted Red Hat’s evolution from a pure Linux provider to an end-to-end IT solutions vendor with solutions addressing customer’s cloud, storage, virtualisation and big data requirements – the firm now provides solutions to over 90% of Fortune 500 companies. The company has seen a good deal of success in the Middle East with its client list including a number of the region’s leading enterprises across a variety of verticals.
Red Hat’s 13-city tour of one-day events throughout Europe and the Middle East (the Abu Dhabi event was held on the 22nd of April) was aimed at educating customers and partners about strategies and best practices on approaches for transforming enterprise IT architecture using open source technology and migrating from physical to virtual and cloud solutions.
Speaking about the tour, Werner Knoblich, Red Hat’s VP and General Manager for EMEA said: “What was once cutting edge, proprietary enterprise computing has quickly become expensive legacy infrastructure. Migrating mission critical applications onto more scalable, flexible, cost effective open source systems, can make great business sense.
Source: AME Info – Press Release – 21 May 2013