Qatar Steps up ICT Expansion

News Article - Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:49

By: Kerry Butters Category: Hosting

MEEZA, the leading IT solutions company in Qatar, has announced that it is stepping up the pace of its "infrastructure projects” to further enable innovation and the growth of the IT industry in the country.

Last month, MEEZA was recognised as being the leading IT solutions provider in the Arab world, after it was awarded the ISO 27001:2005 and ISO 9001:2008 certificates, which are granted by the Bureau Veritas Certification and accredited by UKAS.

According to MEEZA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Rashid Al Naimi, who recently spoke to consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG), recent "key projects” have enabled those within the telecoms industry to further develop the sector.

"We have been focusing on building the infrastructure for the ICT sector, analysing what is missing and looking at where we can fill in the gaps, based on the latest technologies and end-to-end solutions and bringing in the right expertise,” he told OBG.

These technologies include cloud services, which have recently been introduced in Qatar and Al Naimi is optimistic that the cloud computing market will rise quickly once certain issues such as security have been dealt with.

"The main challenge when it comes to the adoption of cloud services is the maturity of the market,” he went on to say.

"Europe and North America have a far more mature business environment so they are ahead in terms of adoption of cloud services. Once security and regulation are fully addressed, people will feel comfortable and the market will mature.”

It’s hoped that more companies will adopt cloud services now that they are available "locally” and that smaller firms will gain the most from the new infrastructures being implemented.

Whilst cloud adoption in the UK didn’t take off as rapidly as expected, this is something that is changing quickly, with technologies such as hosted desktops being adopted by more and more SMEs.

This is due to the financial, security and flexibility benefits offered by cloud services and virtualized environments.

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