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Appetite for network as a service increases, stimulates conversation…

(MENAFN- Procre8) DUBAI, UAE, 25 January 2022 – In light of the sustained digital transformation needed to navigate the post-COVID world, new research from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, reveals growing interest in the Network as-a-Service (NaaS) as technology leaders in the Middle East and South Africa (MESA) reassess their current infrastructure and network.

Defined in the survey as when a company has more than 50% of its network deployment, operations and lifecycle management provided by a third party on a subscription basis, NaaS is a concept whose 86% of MESA companies are currently chatting to some degree. In fact, it’s a frequent topic of discussion at almost 1 in 3 companies (29%).

COMMERCIAL BENEFITS
When asked about the reasons for this interest, financial efficiency emerged as one of the top expected benefits, with nearly three-quarters (69%) of MESA respondents expecting NaaS to help reduce operational costs. , and 58% thought it could help move from CapEx to OpEx. But flexibility – both in terms of network and team time – was another main driver.

More than three-quarters (82%) of enterprises agree that the flexibility to scale their network with business needs is key to their interest, and 43% see it as a potential shift in how they are able to manage their activities. Meanwhile, less than half (48%) are considering NaaS to help them reduce IT staff, believing instead that it will free up team time for innovation and strategic initiatives (42%).

BARRIERS TO SUCCESS
The appetite for NaaS is obvious. Unfortunately, the path to implementation appears less clear, with the survey identifying a number of key obstacles.

At first glance, it seems internal processes might be the problem. Among the top concerns identified by MESA technology leaders are budget rules and investment cycles (80%), redeployment of talent and skills (52%) and finding the budget (52%).

However, a deeper analysis of the data reveals a much more fundamental obstacle: a lack of comprehensive understanding of NaaS. While 100% of technology leaders in the wider EMEA region said they were familiar with the term NaaS, only two in five said they fully understood what it meant. Even among EMEA companies that frequently discuss NaaS, only 46% of technology leaders say they fully understand.

And this education gap is also evident in the perception of the viability of NaaS. 7% of MESA technology leaders currently see NaaS as an established and viable solution. The others consider it either as a concept in search of a market (41%) or in its infancy (52%).

“As we emerge from the pandemic, the need for agility and flexibility in network management is more important than ever,” said Morten Illum, vice president, EMEA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. “We know NaaS can provide the essential flexibility businesses need when considering recovery and beyond, as well as solving a range of issues from security and scalability to budget and team constraints. . However, for enterprises to unlock the potential of NaaS, we need to focus on bridging the gap between awareness and knowledge. »

Jacob Chacko, Regional Manager, Middle East, Saudi Arabia and South Africa at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, said, “As the number of devices increases, terminals diversify and connectivity demands increase, planning a network and tracking changes can be overwhelming. Businesses need the flexibility of their network’s cloud agility, security, scalability, and compliance, which NaaS provides. »

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