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18th Edition

Dear Valued Customer and Business Partners,

Welcome to the 18th edition of the eHDF newsletter.

Reflecting on 2018, it is with pleasure that I share with you some of our key achievements from last year. Over the last few months, we have witnessed an influx of technology trends that are setting the growth path for Cloud and Managed Security Services. These include aggressive digitization, connected devices and the high penetration levels of mobility into the work force which makes it critical for companies to ready themselves for the future. Owing to this, we further strengthened our Cloud and Security portfolio and were able to successfully deploy many digital transformation projects for our growing customer base in a variety of verticals.

eHDF’s mission is to help customers architect, deploy, manage and secure their workloads, no matter where these workloads reside. Such workloads can be on customer premises, hosted with eHDF or on public cloud. We have taken some strategic actions to enable us to deliver on that mission, one of which was the acquisition of LiveRoute, a Microsoft Gold Partner in the region. The acquisition allowed eHDF to strengthen its portfolio of Cloud services by including LiveRoute’s Public Cloud offerings based on Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint services, along with other services like Data Centre Migration, Back up as a Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS).

Overall, 2018 has been a successful year for eHDF with many strategic developments on the technology innovation front and customer acquisition. We have a lot planned for 2019 as well so stay tuned for our announcements on additional capabilities that eHDF will bring to the market.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for your continued trust in eHDF and assure you of our utmost commitment always.



Yasser Zeineldin

Gaining Impetus

Software as a Service (SaaS) is rapidly changing the IT landscape in the Middle East. Applications and processes that have traditionally been on-premises are now becoming externalized, provided by third parties and solution providers via the Cloud. While this ultimately brings many benefits in terms of cost, space and efficiency, transitioning to this new reality can be tumultuous for IT management.

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO, eHosting DataFort, said with extensive experience in the Cloud infrastructure business since 2001, the company has seen a tremendous growth of the SaaS market in the Middle East.

“Digitisation across the Middle East spearheaded by Government initiatives is one of the most significant factors pushing the growth of SaaS, ”he added.

5G to Pave Way for Cloud

The tech wave in the UAE has engulfed all key sectors of the economy and IT experts have given the thumbs-up to uptake of cloud technology as more and more global players set up shops in the country.

eHosting DataFort CEO, Yasser Zeineldin explained, “Cloud adoption is shaping the way businesses in the UAE are moving towards their core objectives. Added to this is the fact that enterprises are consciously leveraging Cloud scenarios to optimize their application workloads.”

A research revealed that Middle East businesses are rapidly investing in Cloud and mobile solutions at a rate far surpassing other EMEA markets. The reports states that –

  83% of Middle East respondents voted Cloud-based document access as important or critical 67% are already using Cloud solutions on a daily basis 93% use an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to efficiently manage information flow across different departments or sites  

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About eHDF

Established in 2001, eHDF is a part of the MIDIS Group and amongst the 1st providers of Cloud Infrastructure Services, Managed Hosting & Security Services in the Gulf region. It owns and operates multiple T3 Data Centers, delivering Managed Services through reliable infrastructure, 24/7 support and guaranteed uptime, and is the only Services Provider in the ME to offer credit based Service Level Agreements.

eHDF is the pioneer in the region to introduce Hosted Managed Private Cloud solutions and was the 1st in the UAE to launch Public Cloud services which can be bought from an online storefront. eHDF obtained the PCI-DSS and Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) STAR Certification, becoming the 1st company in the region to achieve this. It also achieved the acclaimed ISO 22301 certification for Business Continuity and was amongst the 1st companies to achieve ISO 9001 / 20000 / 27001. In addition, eHDF owns a Cyber Defense Center (CDC) for which it achieved the CREST Maturity Model Certificate.