Gartner says worldwide IaaS public cloud services revenue grew 30% in 2022

Dubai: The worldwide infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market grew 29.7% in 2022, to total $120.3 billion, up from $92.8 billion in 2021, according to Gartner, Inc. Amazon retained the No. 1 position in the IaaS market in 2022, followed by Microsoft, Alibaba, Google and Huawei.“Cloud has been elevated from a technology disruptor to a business disruptor,” said Sid Nag, VP Analyst at Gartner. “IaaS is driving software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) growth as buyers to continue to add more applications to the cloud and modernize existing ones.”“IaaS growth in 2022 was stronger than expected, despite a slight softening in the fourth quarter as customers focused on using their previously committed capacity to its fullest potential,” added Nag. “This is expected to continue until mid-2023 and is a natural outcome of the market’s maturity. We expect an acceleration in 2024, as there is still room for plenty of additional future growth.”In 2022, the top five IaaS providers accounted for over 80% of the market. Amazon continued to lead the worldwide IaaS market with revenue of $48.1 billion and 40% market share Microsoft followed in the No. 2 position with 21.5% share, reaching over $25 billion in IaaS public cloud revenue in 2022. Microsoft’s software-first strategy continued to support its IaaS growth as customers required more cloud capacity to support automation, advanced analytics and digital workplace capabilities.Alibaba Group again held the No. 3 position with 7.7% market share, although with modest 2.4% year over year growth. While Alibaba continued to lead the IaaS market in China, its limited potential for expansion across global markets has slowed growth, driving its recent decision to spin off its Alibaba Cloud business into a separate entity.Google saw the highest growth rate of the top five IaaS vendors, growing 41% in 2022 to reach over $9 billion in revenue. Google’s increased investment in sovereign cloud and expanded sales and marketing partner programs helped to broaden its customer base and drive additional IaaS revenue.Huawei rounded out the top five IaaS vendors with 4.4% market share and $5.2 billion in revenue for 2022. Since its 2020 pivot to an increased focus on cloud, Huawei has been steadily growing its IaaS revenue in China and emerging markets.“Generative AI will continue to drive the cloud market forward, particularly as hyperscalers look to support offerings beyond the existing, democratized generative AI solutions,” said Nag. “As enterprises integrate generative AI into their technology portfolio, new markets and opportunities for cloud hyperscalers will emerge related to sovereignty, ethics, privacy and sustainability.”Gartner clients can read more in “Market Share: IT Services, Worldwide, 2022.”Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conference Gartner analysts will provide additional analysis on cloud strategies and infrastructure and operations trends at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategies Conferences taking place November 20-21 in London, December 6-8 in Las Vegas and December 12-13 in Tokyo. Follow news and updates from these conferences on Twitter using #GartnerIO.

AMF1 team partners with NetApp for FIA Formula One

Dubai: As the Formula 1 contest heats up, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One® Team has partnered with NetApp, a cloud-led, data-centric, software company, to optimise the AMF1 Team’s application performance and cost – on and off the track. Enabling a fast, efficient data pipeline, alongside a simplified and unified management plane, NetApp’s technology is supporting the AMF1 Team to spot opportunities for driving improvement in real-time.   The aim of the NetApp transformation partnership project with the AMF1 Team was simple: to make their cars go faster. The project focussed initially on infrastructure and the building out of the data fabric, now the team are using data insights to focus on that all-important title. Solution and impact?  NetApp has worked with AMF1 Team to implement FlexPod as a trackside converged infrastructure platform, which replaces multiple singular points of failure, improves availability and performance, while also removing legacy systems. This in turn reduces weight and, as a consequence, has a positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint. FlexPod has produced results in five key areas:  Performance  FlexPod has allowed AMF1 Team’s performance software group to tap in to compute power and storage to develop a Kubernetes cluster at track to allow the team to analyse data at a faster rate with no bottlenecks.  Reliability  By having a high-performing FlexPod solution with two redundant converged infrastructure platforms, AMF1 Team can run all the systems but can load balance across both FlexPods for increased performance. Resiliency at a host level is achieved with three hosts on each FlexPod, redundant network switches and full N+1 resiliency on cables both across one FlexPod and then between racks and FlexPod. Continuous improvementThe IT team must constantly push to enable the whole team and the car to have better agility, greater speed and improved reliability. With the speed that telemetry data is being sent from trackside to factory being reduced from 20 minutes to less than 10 minutes, engineers at the AMF1 Team factory can analyse the data at speed and adjust if needed. This is being achieved using NetApp SnapMirror technology which is transferring the data back to the factory to Mission Control at a significantly improved rate.  Security  Protection is a core principle to safeguard the most valuable asset within the team; their data. It is important to make this process easier and more informative.  AMF1 Team uses Cloud Secure, a feature of NetApp Cloud Insights which provides a simple turnkey solution to enhance their ability to detect ransomware and provide user data access auditing. It analyses data access patterns to identify risks from ransomware attacks. It reports access activity from insiders, outsiders, ransomware attacks, and rogue users. Advanced reporting and auditing make it easy to identify violators and possible threats. Speed towards sustainability? Formula 1 set out its sustainability plan to have a net-zero carbon footprint by 2030. For the AMF1 Team, as a key player in this industry, the introduction of FlexPod is contributing to the team’s sustainability efforts in multiple ways:   In the AMF1 Team’s new Silverstone “smart factory”, NetApp Cloud Insights techtechnology helps consolidate the company’s older, less efficient systems and provides essential temperature and power monitoring, enabling AMF1 Team to monitor and minimise power consumption.   Teaming with NetApp, the AMF1 Team can easily tap into resources from the world’s leading cloud providers, supporting different workloads with powerful cloud infrastructure as needed. This means that only the computing power that’s needed is employed, and no more.   With FlexPod technology, the AMF1 Team can support operations at the track remotely, driving down both costs and emissions. Plus, the high-performance FlexPod platform boosts overall efficiency, allowing the organization’s IT team to do more with less.  Clare Lansley, Chief Information Officer, Aston Martin F1 Team said: “NetApp high performance FlexPod are fundamental to our operation at the track. They are therefore given kid-glove treatment and high protection as we fly them to races around the world. As we use data to improve our performance and go faster, NetApp’s work with the AMF1 team is vital to this success.”Where are we now??  The results are clear: the AMF1 Team is using data to go faster, and are on their way to a place on the podium every time. NetApp’s work with the AMF1 Team is vital to this success.    With a fast, efficient data pipeline; simplified, unified management plane; and technologies for optimising application performance and cost, AMF1 Team are pioneering a modern approach to F1 racing on and off the track.

Microsoft brings latest innovations in cloud, data & AI to COMEX 2023

Muscat:  Microsoft is participating in COMEX as the official Innovation Partner, where it will demonstrate industry-leading technological innovations and highlight the key role artificial intelligence (AI) plays in the successful digital transformation journeys of governments and businesses.Held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat, Microsoft’s booth at COMEX reflects the company’s commitment to supporting the accelerated adoption of technology amongst individuals, organizations, and across key sectors in line with Oman Vision 2040’s goal to transition the nation into a knowledge-based community.“The Sultanate of Oman is setting up necessary infrastructure to accelerate economic diversification and introduce a series of digital innovations across vital sectors”, said Sheikh Saif Hilal Al Hosni, Country Manager, Microsoft Oman and Bahrain. “AI is a defining technology of our time, and we are optimistic about what AI can do for industries and the society in the Sultanate. Microsoft has long been a trusted partner in digital change across The Sultanate of Oman; and at this year’s COMEX, we shall devote ourselves to helping delegates get ready for AI and make it work.”COMEX serves as an opportunity for regional IT stakeholders to network with other innovators and share use case stories, allowing each to strengthen their own digital transformation programmes. Microsoft’s focus on AI readiness will further strengthen best practices and ensure that all delegates can return to their organisations with value-adding knowledge. Microsoft’s stand will feature 5 partners including Netways, PWC, Cypher Learning, Noventiq, and IITC (International Information Technology Co.); the Company’s experts will be participating in the COMEX International Conference discussing various topics such as E-services, Cybersecurity and Healthcare and Data & AI.Through the Azure platform, the intelligent Microsoft Cloud offers public and private enterprises the ability to deliver new business models and boost the speed of innovation and time to market. Microsoft’s AI technologies are protected by industry-leading security measures and include advanced analytics, natural-language-processing, cognitive services, and IoT field-connection services. These technologies can connect the entire business, from the physical to the virtual.

Dubai the top foreigners’ destination, W Capital survey says

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A “W Capital” survey, said that the Emirate of Dubai has become a dream of living, residing and working for many foreigners, especially Arab youths.The survey, conducted through January to March 2023, asked "W Capital" clients in the UAE and the Gulf region what makes the charm of Dubai. Participants stated that the infrastructure gave Dubai the lead in the field of real estate at the global level, and strengthened its position at the forefront of global destinations as the best place to live, work and invest, besides the ease of doing business, and providing good job opportunities."The poll conducted by "W Capital", the real estate brokerage, showed the participants’ great desire to live in Dubai, establish their business and plan for future in the emirate of dreams, which is one of the seven safest cities in the world for citizens, residents and visitors,” said Walid Al Zarooni , CEO.He added that Dubai's successes during the past two decades have established its position as a fertile ground for opportunities, where efforts bear fruit and dreams come true. It is now a destination for entertainment, work and living, and it is more than just a civilized space, but rather an experience that cannot be lived anywhere else. Here you can’t avoid the temptation of big dreams and achievements, while enjoying the best lifestyle during that experience.Al Zarooni stated that the emirate has succeeded in being a home for expatriates of more than 200 nationalities, who live and work side by side.Dubai provides a rich lifestyle with many events and recreational activities for all, in a vibrant urban atmosphere.The CEO stressed that Dubai provides the most modern roads, ports and airports, which serve as one of the busiest gateways to the world in the region for business, trade and tourism. This make the city a favorite for many.Due to its central location between east and west, as it is a few hours away by flight from most of the world's major destinations, Dubai Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It serves more than 85 million people annually, connecting more than 240 destinations across six continents, with more than 100 airlines.Al Zarooni indicated that Dubai has also established its position as one of the happiest cities in the world, and the only city in which happiness is considered an official public mission. The UAE has a Ministry of Happiness, which was established in 2016.He stressed that the emirate ensures happiness for nationals or residents of other nationalities, by empowering them and providing distinctive infrastructure and exceptional opportunities, while at the same time preserving their safety and comfort.Dubai has one of the most developed and effective transport systems; Which makes it ideal for on-the-go thanks to strict traffic laws, and a state-of-the-art road control systems.He pointed out that Dubai offers the best educational standards. There is a world-class school education, through 16 different curricula, and access to more than 60 prestigious international universities. The health services offered by Dubai are of highest global standards , especially after integrating health and innovation to serve and attract medical tourism. They are keen to become one of the top 20 healthcare markets in the world.Al Zarooni stressed that the real estate market in Dubai continues to receive great support from the unlimited facilities and qualitative initiatives launched by the emirate's government, represented in the policies to support residents, the new residency laws, and the residency of entrepreneurs and investors.He said that the emirate provides safe and vibrant residential communities, as well as luxury resorts and hotels, which suit all tastes, and the expected demand for different spaces, to suit the individuals or familes.Al Zarooni believed that the Dubai real estate market is characterized by its diversity, fulfilling the different requirements of the tenants and buyers, and this is supported by flexible real estate legal systems that allow Emirati and Gulf nationals to own property in any area, as well as allow foreign residents to rent, buy and sell real estate units in specific areas in the emirate.