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COVID-19 boosts META cloud spend

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The COVID-19 pandemic may be hurting economies across the globe, but public cloud providers are set to see spending on their products and services increase in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region as the crisis continues.

According to the latest research update from International Data Corporation (IDC), public cloud spending in META will increase to $2.8 billion this year, as demand rises following the spread of COVID-19.

IDC expects this figure to top $6.5 billion in 2024, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%, up from the 22% rate that was projected prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

"While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented levels of disruption to the region, it has also shone a light on the critical role that digital transformation plays in ensuring business continuity," said IDC's Jyoti Lalchandani, group VP and regional managing director for META.

He said that digital-transformation-savvy organizations are experiencing the least disruption during the crisis because they were far better prepared to face the challenges.

"As the situation continues to evolve, more and more enterprises will look to rethink their business continuity strategies, with an eye on stabilizing their critical infrastructure and improving their response to unforeseen events.

"Online collaboration tools, cloud-based platforms, and secure remote access will all be central to this process, as will improvements in infrastructure resiliency and disaster recovery. As such, we are seeing a positive momentum in cloud appetite, with public cloud so far proving resilient to the COVID-induced slowdowns that have hit other segments of the region's IT market," Lalchandani added.

Globally, there are over 4.9 million cases of COVID-19 and 322,437 people have died, while almost 1.8 million people have already recovered from the virus according to a Reuters tally.

Data from Worldometer shows that as of Wednesday the worst hit countries in the Middle East include Turkey (151,615 cases; 4,199 deaths), Iran (124,603 cases; 7,119 deaths), Saudi Arabia (59,854 cases; 329 deaths) and Qatar (35,606 cases; 15 deaths); while Africa's highest cases are in South Africa (17,200 cases; 312 deaths), Egypt (13,484 cases; 659 deaths) and Algeria (cases 7,377; 561 deaths).

The Staff, Connecting Africa

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