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Iran Cloud Computing Market—Macro Outlook and Technology Trends, 2017

Iran Cloud Computing Market—Macro Outlook and Technology Trends, 2017

Iran is a promising market for the implementation of Cloud. The market has opened up for international players and the hardware market has been gaining traction since 2016. The infrastructure and telecom markets have become the prime area of investments. From the challenges point of view, enterprises lack skill and awareness about the cloud market and its applications. The existing IT landscape in Iran mostly comprises traditional on-premise data centres owned by enterprises.

1. Iran Cloud Computing Market—Macro Outlook and Technology Trends, 2017
Frost & Sullivan Advisory
The cloud services market in developed economies is in the growth phase, while emerging markets are playing catch up
Iran is an emerging market, but there are number of additional barriers that slow the growth of cloud
CxOs need to evaluate Iran’s nationwide ICT development and their entry strategy to penetrate the market
Scope & Limitations
Scope & Limitations
Regional Brief: MENA
The MENA Cloud market is mainly driven by the GCC, but looking forward big growth potential is hidden in Iran
Market Outlook: Iran
Iranian ICT market trends spin around topics such as internet speed, internet censorship and security
Enterprises prefer to have their data hosted within the country – lack of clear legal laws causes uncertainty
Present market scenario of Iranian cloud market is relatively nascent, as cloud is a new subject in Iran
Cloud is mostly driven by the need to save on costs as infrastructure is relatively expensive to acquire
Private cloud dominates the Iranian Cloud market with IaaS representing 65% of total cloud market in 2016
Private IaaS has the maximum market traction due to poor infrastructure availability and CAPEX savings
Hybrid cloud, as well as private cloud, is only offered by local players and most of the clients are large corporates
Public cloud adoption is restrained by the lack of the required internet speed and the security concerns
Enterprises consider displacing non-core applications in the cloud; SaaS, will drive the growth/adoption
Workloads that enterprises traditionally place “off-site” are expected to be considered for IaaS by top adopters
Other verticals are at different stages of adoption with a reasonably optimistic outlook towards implementation
The retail sector is the most advanced sector that has adopted cloud due to mobile and social media data
Iranian cloud market is dominated by local cloud providers who operate using/reselling global products
The top 4 participants in Iran control 68% of the cloud market, with Afranet as the market leader
End-user snapshot revealed that just a few respondents would explore cloud when setting up a new business
Email, CRM, web and email security are the most popular workloads that are deployed in the cloud
The Industry going Forward
Connectivity & Convergence – MENA to be linked through 545 Million Connected Devices By 2020
Iran does offer a great potential for cloud, but there are macro and micro challenges that have to be addressed
Key success factors should be factored into the plan for each vertical due to different levels of vertical development
The future is in the cloud, but lack of awareness and absence of economies of scale for service providers in Iran is a challenge
The evolution of XaaS will drive the market due to CAPEX elimination, but Iran still has a long way to go
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