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Public cloud on the rise in Middle East, North Africa: Gartner


As more organizations see value in running applications in the cloud, it only makes sense we’re seeing significant growth in all corners of the earth.

And when it comes to public cloud – Internet-based applications and storage services available to the general public – there seems to be no ceiling.

Public cloud services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are projected to grow by 18.3% in 2016, to total $879.3 million, up from $743.1 million in 2015, according to Gartner, Inc.

“We continue to see a shift from legacy IT services to cloud-based services. Organizations are pursuing a cloud first strategy driving market growth,” said Sid Nag, research director at Gartner.

The largest segment of the cloud services market in MENA, business process as a service (BPaas), is expected to reach $261.3 million in 2016, a 6% increase from 2015.

According to Gartner, the fastest growing market in is cloud management and security services which is expected to grow more than 27% from 2015.

“The growth in cloud management and security is a testimony that cloud related services, in addition to the core cloud services, are critical to cloud adoption,” said Nag. “Organizations will look for increased automation and management of these cloud assets, as well as focus on the security aspects of consuming public cloud.”


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Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Michael Sutherland-Shaw

Marketing Communications Specialist at FreeBalance
Michael works in the marketing and communications department following a career in journalism. Michael is currently learning Ruby on Rails and loves discovering new music.

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