Middle East enterprises to adopt ‘virtualization’ in 2010, says Raqmiyat

Published June 30th, 2010 - 07:03 GMT

Middle East enterprises will adopt 'virtualization' in 2010, says Raqmiyat, a leading UAE-based systems integrator. The IT trend is fast shaping up to be a major influencer in the end to end infrastructure - including server, storage, network, application and desktop - for regional companies. 'Virtualization' is expected to be a major driver of the UAE's increasing IT spend, which is forecasted to hit USD 4.79 billion (12.4 per cent more than 2009). Leveraging its expertise in delivering value to the SME and enterprise computing environments, Raqmiyat has geared up to offer comprehensive and customized virtualization solutions to regional enterprises.

With the challenges of the current market scenario calling for higher-level efficiency to remain competitive, regional enterprises are recognising the potential of 'virtualization' to streamline the way they manage and utilise IT resources, and by doing so build flexible, scalable and economical infrastructure thus reducing time to market. The areas in the adoption of 'virtualization' today are not limited to only 'server virtualization' whose benefits include consolidation, increased utilization, reduced operating expenditure with limited impact on user operations; and 'desktop virtualization', which allows users to centrally manage desktop infrastructure and meet compliance and security requirements; but also new upcoming areas like 'storage virtualization' and 'network interface virtualization' that translates for the business into faster turnaround times, quicker information recovery and lower IT operational cost.

"Companies in the region today are developing strong appreciation for 'virtualization', given the host of excellent advantages it offers, from saving space to cutting back power costs to maximised hardware efficiency. It is not surprising that many enterprises in leading regional markets such as the UAE are starting to adopt it, which will definitely affect the overall IT spend this year," said Sandeep Saxena, Vice President, Raqmiyat. "Virtualization is a foundation stone towards cloud computing and an ideal setup for the test environment and disaster recovery infrastructure. The increased demand for this implementation opens up excellent opportunities for us to partner with leading companies across various sectors to develop personalised virtualization solutions that will address each organisation's specific requirements."

Leveraging its Gold and Enterprise partnerships with key virtualization vendors including Hewlett Packard (HP), Microsoft and VMware, Raqmiyat is meeting the growing demand among companies in the banking and finance, and private and corporate sectors, as well as government agencies for 'virtualization' implementations.

Raqmiyat provides world-class business and technology solutions through partnerships with international firms. Achieving several accolades on the technical front, the company maintains a team of trained, certified and experienced professionals who provide professional services and support to its clients, guaranteeing business continuity on a 24/7 basis. Raqmiyat is skilled in architecting, sizing, deploying and supporting basic and complex IT infrastructure solutions, in addition to having worked with leading banks with their adoption of the Wages Protection System (WPS) Connect and Image Cheque Clearing Solution (ICCS) solution. The company has also recently opened a state-of-the-art software development center in Chennai, India to support its rapidly-growing operations. 

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