Yasser Zeineldin, CEO at eHosting DataFort
eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s leading managed IT services provider and a member of TECOM Investments, launched its public cloud services at GITEX Technology Week 2013. Among the first cloud service providers in the region, eHDF owns and operates multiple data centres in Dubai and offers customers the advantage of hosting all data within the UAE.
The new service will provide clients with the flexibility to buy public cloud platforms with an easy- to-use self-service online portal, the first of its kind in the UAE.
eHDF successfully launched private cloud services at GITEX Technology Week 2012 and has seen significant growth in its private cloud customer portfolio in the last year, having implemented innovative private cloud solutions for regional enterprises such as EFS Facilities Services and the online mall Tejuri.com.
With the introduction of the public cloud, small and medium businesses will now be able to buy locally-hosted cloud infrastructure services. Multiple configurations and OS flavours will be available for customers to choose from and the platform would allow quick scale up thus providing a model with no capital investments on hardware. Such solutions are imperative for businesses that require rapid provisioning at low costs, but still need reliable IT infrastructure.
eHDF has set up an online store and catalogue that allows clients to customize and buy the public cloud services that they require by paying the fees online – with options that start from US$150 per month. Clients can set up and start using their virtual machines (VMs) in less than 15 minutes. The virtual machines are easily scalable with the option to increase or decrease memory, CPU at the click of a button.
Yasser Zeineldin, CEO at eHosting DataFort, said: “Small- to-medium businesses have been under-served in the region so far, and our public cloud solutions are an endeavour to fulfil the gap in the market for effective enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions suitable for the SMB sector. Cloud service providers will have to ensure that their services evolve robustly to meet varying customer requirements and allow users the freedom to choose between platforms such as private, public or hybrid cloud.
“The fact that organizations now have the option to pay only for the computing resources they use, while simultaneously benefiting from features such as rapid deployment and unlimited scalability make for a winning value proposition. eHDF’s participation at GITEX Technology Week this year reiterates our intention to make this journey to the cloud as seamless as possible by providing our customers with flexible, scalable solutions that match their specific needs.”
According to Gartner, spending on IT cloud services in the Middle East and North Africa is set to climb to 20.2 percent through 2016. Concerns such as security and data privacy are often cited as key inhibitors to the adoption of the public cloud. To address this concern, eHDF has ensured adequate security levels through measures such as network isolation for every customer, firewalls and load balancing solutions. In addition, the platform offers customers the ability to set and manage alerts and track application availability using a performance monitoring dashboard.
One of the largest ICT exhibitions in the Middle East, GITEX Technology Week 2013 is underway at the Dubai World Trade Centre and end on October 24. eHDF is exhibiting in the Cloud Confex Area at GITEX showcasing its managed hosting, disaster recovery and cloud infrastructure services.
eHosting DataFort has established itself as a market leader in the field of hosting and managed IT services, the company has been recognized year-on-year as the ‘Best Managed Service Provider of the Year’ across the Middle East. This year, the company has embarked on major capital investments to scale up its data centres in order to address the increased customer demand on its facilities and services.