Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 20 - Page 13

MENA Data Centre spend to reach US$5 Billion by 2020 University of Pretoria launches new tech business incubator M iddle East and North Africa data centre spend is to reach a record high of US$5.1 billion by 2020, increasing by 8.5% from 2017, according to a report by market research firm Statista. Much of this spend will go towards enabling Smart Cities, aligned with the GITEX Technology Week theme of Experience Future Urbanism. “Record-high Middle East data centre spend shows that regional CEOs understand that modernising IT infrastructure can deliver a competitive advantage and enable Smart Cities,” said Savitha Bhaskar, COO, Condo Protego. “GITEX is an ideal platform to showcase how modernised IT can lead to real-time insights for better customer and citizen engagement, new revenue streams, and greater efficiency and data protection.” The University of Pretoria has launched TuksNovation T he University of Pretoria has announced the launch of TuksNovation, a new high-tech business incubator which will initially support postgraduate students within the Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) Faculty. Showing the strong opportunity for data centre modernisation, a total of 81% of IT decision-makers agree that without IT transformation, their organisations will no longer be competitive, according to an Enterprise Strategy Group global survey commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel. “We have ramped up our efforts to implement innovative strategies to leverage and commercialise home- grown technologies to create sustainable new enterprises and subsequently job opportunities.,” said Prof Cheryl de la Rey, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP. Data centre modernisation can integrate servers, storage, information management and data protection, and is an ongoing process rather than a one-off. “We realise that by developing and commercialising research and development projects within academic institutions and by creating new spinoff companies, universities can contribut