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70% of Dubai Start-ups Employ Cloud Computing Solutions

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, today announced the findings of The Cloud Report 2017. The study was commissioned in partnership with IBM and produced by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Launched at a joint press conference held at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), the largest technology incubation center in the Middle East, wholly owned by DSOA, the report provides an in-depth overview of cloud computing adoption across the start-up segment in Dubai. Through a survey of more than 100 start-ups, supplemented by several case studies, the document offers valuable insights on the start-ups’ spending power, priorities, challenges, and requirements.

The Cloud Report 2017 found that 70 percent of start-ups in Dubai currently use cloud computing, and 24 percent even built their start-ups on the cloud. Meanwhile, 38 percent of those not yet on the cloud plan to adopt the technology in the near future. Across the three cloud service models available, 76 percent of start-ups on the cloud have opted for Software as a Service (SaaS). Meanwhile, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) are each used by 32 percent of adopters. One-third of the start-ups on the cloud utilize more than one type of cloud service, with nine percent using all three service models.

Start-ups on the cloud in Dubai use an average of 4.39 cloud services, with 36 percent using one or two services, and 18 percent using more than five. Storage and web hosting are considered as core services, and are generally the first cloud services adopted. They are also currently the most widely used at 68 percent and 67 percent respectively.

Although 72 percent of all start-ups spend less than US$50,000 on IT annually, 24 percent dedicate more than 20 percent of that annual budget to cloud solutions. In addition, 80 percent of start-ups on the cloud are planning to increase spend on cloud services in the next two years.

Among the start-ups that have not yet adopted cloud solutions, 42 percent find the initial investment prohibitively high. Other concerns delaying start-ups from moving to the cloud include data protection (27%) and security (15%).

Speaking on the report, William Chappell, Chief Financial Officer at DSOA, said: “In line with the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, DSOA aims to actively contribute to the national key performance indicators under the Competitive Knowledge Economy pillar. As we transition to a more technology-focused world, all sectors of the UAE’s economic landscape are working relentlessly to forge a digital transformation.”

He added: “The Cloud Report 2017 provides insights for start-ups on the best cloud adoption practices, while serving as a valuable resource for cloud solution vendors. The document outlines the services and models popular with start-ups, as well as the factors that influence decision-making around cloud implementation in Dubai.”

For his part, Maged Wassim, Vice President – IBM Cloud, IBM Middle East and Africa, said: “As part of any shift or transformation, the human factor is the one constant. For this reason, IBM puts code, skills training, and resources into the hands of developers to build, create, iterate, and solve problems faster.”

Tina Ghanem, Head of Accelerate SME at Thomson Reuters in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “Dubai start-ups are increasingly adopting cloud-first strategies to capitalize on the flexibility, speed-to-market and scalability that cloud solutions offer – right from the very beginning. However, for entrepreneurs with less IT expertise, cloud adoption can be an overwhelming thought and there is still a misconception that it involves big price tags, and huge commitments of time and resources. Various initiatives – such as the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program, a cloud credit program, and the incubation support of ecosystem players like Dtec – will help to address some of the perceived obstacles to deeper and broader cloud technology usage among these start-ups.”

“Looking ahead, the pace of cloud adoption in this market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years as Dubai start-ups look for more variety and a greater range of cloud services to choose from in the future,” she added.

The Cloud Report 2017 lists five cloud adoption tips for start-ups:

  1. Begin with a cloud-first strategy and consider adoption from the get-go
  2. Find a provider that offers a secure and scalable storage solution that also acts as a virtual workspace
  3. Choose a cloud deployment model (public, private, community, hybrid) that reflects your privacy, security, and size requirements
  4. Choose the optimal hosting option (dedicated or shared)
  5. Make data security and privacy a priority

To download The Cloud Report 2017, please visit The Cloud Report 2017.

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HONOR Pad 8 is Now Available in the UAE

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HONOR has announced the official availability of the all-new HONOR Pad 8 in the UAE market following record-breaking preorders. The all-new HONOR Pad 8 delivers unrivalled entertainment experience in a sleek and compact design. Boasting an impressive 12-inch 2K HONOR FullView display, 8 Speakers with DTS: X ULTRA, and Multi-Screen Collaboration, the HONOR Pad 8 pushes industry benchmarks to help users stay entertained to the maximum.

“HONOR innovates and provides state-of-the-art products based on an in-depth understanding of local customer needs and consumer behavior, ensuring that each market receives the best-fit model,” said Zac Li, GCC Country Manager of HONOR Device Co, Ltd “We’re thrilled that HONOR Pad 8 has been getting lots of attention in the last few days and the preorder sales hit a new record in the UAE market. We will continue to bring more exciting products to the UAE market to ensure users benefit from industry-leading devices that deliver a premium experience.”

HONOR products are positioned differently to suit different customers. HONOR Pad 8 is designed to deliver a truly immersive entertainment experience with a big display, alongside powerful speakers, perfect for those who need to fulfill their entertainment needs. Additionally, the HONOR Pad 8 comes with the latest HONOR Magic UI 6.1 based on Android 12, offering a range of enhanced, customized features to provide a smart experience to users like Multi-Screen Collaboration, HONOR Share, APP Extender and Multi-Window Viewing.

Inspired by the sky at dawn, the HONOR Pad 8 is available now in classic Blue Hour in UAE markets via HONOR Online Store and Sharaf DG at an affordable price of AED 1199 with free gifts worth AED 248 including HONOR Flip Cover and HONOR CHOICE X2.

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Logitech Launches its Aurora Collection in the Gulf Region

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Logitech G introduced the Aurora Collection in the Gulf region, a new collection featuring the G735 Wireless Gaming HeadsetG715 Wireless Gaming KeyboardG713 Gaming KeyboardG705 Wireless Gaming Mouse. The new collection was designed while addressing the needs and wants of women gamers and appealing to all gamers who are looking for a  playful design and curated experience.

The Aurora Collection has a distinctive aesthetic and design language. It also includes Logitech G’s advanced gaming-grade technologies like LIGHTSPEED high-performance wireless technology and Blue VO!CE microphone technology. The result is a collection of gear that invites all gamers to come as they are while delivering the advanced feature set all gamers expect.

The Aurora Collection was conceptualized based on the feedback from women gamers across the community and brought to life by a team of predominantly women innovation, design, engineering, and marketing leaders at Logitech. The collection was created to meet the gaming desires and needs of an underrepresented segment of gamers and reimagine the future of gaming where representation is firmly present.

The Aurora Collection consists of:

  • G735 Wireless Gaming Headset – Featuring a White Mist finish, ethereal RGB lighting, and on-ear dual-audio mixing, the G735 is a versatile option for any player. G735 is the first Logitech G headset with the feature to modulate a player’s voice.  Players can enjoy long gaming sessions with 56+ hr battery life (without lighting), and experience wireless freedom through Logitech G’s award-winning LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, and Bluetooth.
  • G715 and G713 Mechanical Gaming Keyboards – The G715 Wireless Gaming Keyboard and G713 Gaming Keyboard deliver low-key vibes with high-key performance so players can express themselves and play their way. A compact, tenkeyless layout, and adjustable height ensure comfort all day long. Pack it up and place it anywhere with a rechargeable battery that delivers 25 hours of non-stop gaming, and LIGHTSPEED wireless or Bluetooth connectivity. Both keyboards come with an included Cloud-Soft palm rest for all-day comfort.
  • G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse –G705 Wireless Gaming Mouse is purpose-built for smaller hands with compact contoured fit, and advanced gaming technology. At just 85 grams, G705 is designed for long-lasting, lightweight comfort and performance. With a gaming-grade sensor, ultra-responsive LIGHTSPEED wireless, Bluetooth connectivity, and an easy-reach DPI-cycling button, gamers can play their best.
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Meta Connect 2022 Date Announced

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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and Founder of Meta announced on his Facebook account the official October 11 event date for Meta Connect 2022. In the same post, the CEO also added a new image of Project: Cambria, the long-awaited follow-up to the Meta Quest.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise.

Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

Meta Connect, formally Facebook Connect, is an annual online showcase event highlighting the firm’s technology updates and roadmaps. Last year’s event was exceedingly notable because the Menlo Park-based firm publicly rebranded itself as Meta for the first time.

The event also saw Meta refocusing away from its social media foundations, moving the firm towards immersive Web3 technology and software. The Menlo Park-based firm set out its goals to create new XR technology and claim a foothold on the Metaverse.

The popularity of Metaverse technology has sky-rocketed thanks to last year’s Connect event. During the showcase, the firm introduced its vision of the Metaverse as an immersive social space where users can work and socialise. Since the event, the firm has debuted its Horizons Metaverse globally. The Menlo Park-based also uses the fledging service as a testbed where budding immersive developers can design and distribute Metaverse content. The firm also supports Horizon developers with a series of XR funds and boot camps.

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