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State of Cloud Computing Security in the UAE

  • September 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 115 pages


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IT Spending Habits and Future Outlook of Cloud Customers in the UAE

This study provides an overview of the cloud security market in the UAE. Besides the cloud security market, it also assesses the cloud market in general. The study looks at the main challenges, drivers and restraints for this market. It estimates market size and growth rate and provides overviews of key market participants. The key strength of the study is the end-user survey conducted to portray the market stance and the demand for cloud security and overall cloud services.

Key Takeaways

• The cloud security market is expected to experience sluggish growth during the early stage of cloud computing which is within the next two years. However, in the next few years, once cloud computing gains traction in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the cloud security market is expected to experience higher uptake than the cloud market and grow from $Xmillion in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of Xpercent from 2012 to 2019.
• The Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) is yet to issue regulations and official standards on cloud computing. The public cloud model to host the data abroad does not appeal to sensitive industries. There are two main regulatory implications—one is data movement outside the UAE border restrictions and the other, the unfavorable Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act (USA PATRIOT) act, which allows US intelligence to check the data stored on company servers registered in the US.
• The general perception in the UAE is that private clouds are more secure than public or hybrid clouds, but local businesses that subscribe to public clouds strongly believe that public clouds are more secure.
• Email, Web, and email security solutions were commonly the most popular workloads deployed in the cloud environment, while sensitive workloads such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and human resource management (HRM) were kept out of the cloud. However, customer relationship management (CRM) solutions were widely deployed among the survey respondents that had already adopted the cloud.
• Companies that decided to adopt the cloud model have experienced an increase in their IT budget. Therefore, companies that wish to move to the cloud should expect an increase in cost. However, nearly a quarter of the companies believe that return on investment (ROI) will be achieved in the first X months, while X percent believe it will be achieved in 1X– months.
• However, aroundX percent of the businesses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have already adopted some form of cloud. Almost a quarter of those claim that they have been using cloud services for more than two years; software as a service (SaaS) is the most prevalent model in the UAE.
• Respondents claimed that, in 2013, nearly X percent of the companies would have budgets allocated for cloud computing, which would increase their IT budgets fromX percent to X percent. However, X percent of the respondents claimed that their spend on IT security would remain the same.
• Email, storage, and email and Web security are the workloads likely to have the highest deployment in the cloud environment, even though storage is perceived as the most vulnerable. Sensitive workloads such as EPR, office productivity suites, and HRM were identified as the least likely to be shifted to the cloud environment.
• Companies that had already adopted cloud model were more positive about cloud solutions. Hence, the cloud market in the UAE has reached some level of maturity; in the next two years, cloud vendors are expected to witness an increase in orders to deploy more sensitive workloads into the cloud environment.
• Nearly Xpercent of the respondents claimed that cloud security would be internal IT staff responsibility, while nearly a third stated that they would choose a third-party cloud vendor for protection; only X percent would entrust this duty to their current IT security software providers.

CEO’s Perspective

1. The UAE cloud security market is in its infancy, with a growth rate of X percent in 2012.
2. The market is expected to earn a revenue of $Xmillion in 2019.
3. The uptake of cloud computing in the UAE is expected to be the main driver for growth in the cloud security market.
4. The cloud security market is expected to prosper once large enterprises start tapping into the cloud market.
5. A number of cloud security contracts are expected to be signed as a continuity to previous partnerships between cloud vendors, local businesses, and cloud security vendors.

Aim and Objectives

The aim of this research is to provide a an overview of the state of the cloud security market in the UAE.

Objective 1
• To analyze UAE market readiness for cloud computing uptake and identify the challenges in the country
Objective 2
• To assess end-user perception of cloud computing and identify the main concerns associated with cloud in the UAE
Objective 3
• To assess the cloud security market in the UAE and identify the threats hindering the uptake of cloud
Objective 4
• To identify the key drivers and restraints in the cloud security market in the UAE
Objective 5
• To understand IT budgeting associated with cloud expenses and predict their change for the forecast period

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

What is the state of cloud computing and the cloud security market in the UAE?
What are the cloud security service end user’s needs and demands in the UAE?
What percentage of IT budget was devoted to cloud computing in the UAE? How it will change in the next 3 years? What is the outlook for the cloud market?
Which companies are leading cloud service providers in the UAE? What type of companies dominate the UAE market?
What are the key drivers and restraints in adopting cloud security services?
Which workloads are likely to be deployed in the cloud environment in the short run, and which should be targeted in the long run?

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