February 25, 2024

Cloudera sets sights firmly on regional expansion as part of 5-year growth strategy

With a demonstrated track record of accelerating digital transformation for the world’s largest enterprises Cloudera – the hybrid data company – is eyeing new expansion in the MENA region in the next five years, with particular focus on Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt, with the push being spearheaded from the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai.

Apart from hiring new talent and opening additional offices in the region, US-headquartered Cloudera is also targeting closer cooperation with the private sector, on the lines of the success the company already enjoys with regional government and semi-government organisations.

According to Karim Azar, Regional Vice-President – Middle East & Turkey, Cloudera, the company is also examining the possibility of having developers based in the UAE, to power innovation especially aimed at the particular needs of public sector customers in the region as governments scale up digital transformation of their public services and adopt a hybrid work ecosystem for their employees.

Servicing a broad range of industries encompassing finance, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, retail, technology, public sector, healthcare and life sciences, energy and utilities, and education via a hybrid data platform with secure data management and portable cloud-native data analytics, Cloudera empowers innovative entities to tackle transformational use cases and exact real-time insights from an ever-increasing amount of data to drive value and competitive differentiation.

Participating at GITEX Global 2022 (October 10-14) as an exhibitor under the umbrella of Digital Dubai, Cloudera used the opportunity of being present at the world’s largest technology show of 2022 to highlight its all-new Cloudera Data (CDP) One all-in-one SaaS data lakehouse exclusively developed to enable companies to achieve faster time to business insights to drive innovation and stay ahead of competitors.

Cloudera booth at GITEX Global 2022 in Dubai. Credit: Arnold Pinto

In effect, CDP One is a simple yet powerful cloud service with built-in enterprise security and machine learning (ML) capabilities that enables multiple analytic engines to deliver large-scale analytics on any data for ingestion, preparation, analysis, and prediction; without the need for specialised operations, which lowers TCO (total cost of ownership) and reduces risk.

In an exclusive interview with MENews247 at GITEX Global 2022, Azar noted that even as CPD One provides continuous protection of data by virtue of being secure by design, companies can now achieve faster time to business insight by providing everyone – from data practitioners to expert developers – the self-service access they need for ad hoc and highly customisable analysis across the data lifecycle through a single secure centralised data platform.

According to Azar, digital governance is a unique benchmark of the UAE and Saudi Arabia, more so then even in Europe, with the two GCC nations increasingly taking the lead in enabling digital transformation for the benefit of their respective inhabitants.

Karim Azar, Regional Vice-President – Middle East & Turkey, Cloudera, at GITEX Global 2022 in Dubai. Credit: Arnold Pinto

Cloudera actively pays close attention to the feedback of its customers in R&D aspects, said Azar, while emphasising that this was an important criteria for the company when developing new solutions for cloud-based data management.

This October Cloudera also launched unique hybrid data capabilities that permit organisations to more efficiently shift data, metadata, data workloads and data applications across clouds and on-premises for optimal performance, security and cost. The new portable data services enable simple, low-risk data workload and data application movement for ultimate lakehouse optionality.

The volume of data businesses collect and store from on-premises, cloud and streaming locations continues to soar, with Statista projecting the total amount of data generated globally to hit more than 180 zettabytes by 2025.

This is the challenge of hybrid data and one that requires companies to derive insights from their data at an ever-faster pace, with the added pressure of economic and market forces. In this context, Cloudera’s new data analytics and data management innovations for hybrid data are specifically designed to help organisations manage data at scale across data centres and public clouds, helping make ML and AI business transformation possible.

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    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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