Saudi Arabia Shows High Adoption and Planned Expansion of Hybrid Multicloud with 2024 Investment Focus on AI Strategy and Cloud Staff

Talal Alsaif, Sales Director, Central Gulf & Egypt at Nutanix

Nutanix released its sixth global Enterprise Cloud Index (ECI) survey, highlighting that 70% of Saudi Arabia respondents adopt a cloud-smart IT strategy, leveraging the best environment for each application. Additionally, 81% favor a hybrid cloud approach, combining public and private clouds. This preference is expected to significantly impact IT solutions and services in Saudi Arabia in the coming years.

“Due to imperatives such as AI, sustainability, and security, organizations are increasingly under pressure to rapidly modernize their IT infrastructure,” said, Talal Alsaif, Sales Director, Central Gulf & Egypt at Nutanix.

In regard to investment priorities, 78% of Saudia Arabia respondents say they plan to increase investment in IT and cloud staff. This is indicative of continued adoption of cloud infrastructure solutions, as well as the need to modernize and optimize IT solutions.

Key findings from Saudi Arabia include:

  • Hybrid multicloud IT deployments are set to expand significantly over the next one to three years among Saudi Arabia organizations. Hybrid cloud and hybrid multicloud IT deployments are the dominant models among Saudi Arabia organizations today, at 36% and 37%, respectively. However, the proportion of “hybrid cloud” deployments is set to decline significantly over the forecast period, from 36% today, to just 5% over the next 1-3 years. Meanwhile, hybrid multicloud infrastructure deployments are forecast to expand significantly in Saudi Arabia, expanding from 37% today to 66% over the next 1-3 years. This growth presents an important opportunity for infrastructure software and service providers, as it will likely catalyze IT modernization initiatives for many organizations.
  • Saudi Arabia ranks flexibility and performance as primary drivers of infrastructure choice. Similar to the global averages, Saudi Arabia ranked “flexibility to run across clouds and on-prem” (45%) and “performance” (43%) as its top two drivers of infrastructure choice. Interestingly, Saudi Arabia ranked “data sovereignty and privacy” lower, on average, than the EMEA region as a whole.
  • 100% of Saudi Arabia respondents moved an application(s) to a different IT environment in the last 12 months. Over 60% of Saudi Arabia respondents say that workload and app migration is a “moderate to significant challenge” given their current IT infrastructure. Helping address this challenge is a key opportunity area for IT and Infrastructure solutions providers. The top reasons for application migration cited were “to improve security posture and/or meet regulatory requirements,” and “to integrate with cloud-native services”. Application and data control is also highly ranked by Saudi Arabia organizations surveyed this year. 71% of Saudi Arabia respondents agree having a single platform to run and manage all applications and data across clouds is ideal for their organization.
  • 100% of Saudi Arabia respondents say their organizations pursued sustainability initiatives in 2023. Their top sustainability initiative in 2023 was promoting remote working facilitated by technologies in order to reduce pollution associated with employee travel. 72% of Saudi Arabia respondents agree that sustainability is a priority for their organizations, but this is well below the EMEA average of 86%.
  • More than half of Saudi Arabia respondent organizations took days/weeks or longer to fully recover from a ransomware attack. Over 90% of Saudi Arabia respondents admitted that their organization experienced a ransomware attack sometime in the past three years, with 54% of Saudi Arabia organizations indicating that they were able to recover within hours or days. 71% of respondents from Saudi Arabia agreed that their organization could make improvements to its ransomware protection stance, and 73% say they plan to increase investments in ransomware protection in 2024.
  • 100% respondents from Saudi Arabia say their organization faces various challenges when managing its data. Saudi Arabia clearly ranked “linking data from multiple environments” as its biggest data management challenge. 65% of Saudi Arabia respondents say operational silos between teams managing different environments remains a “moderate to significant challenge” given their current IT infrastructure. These siloed teams may be one of the leading reasons why Saudi Arabia organizations are challenged to link data from multiple environments.
  • Implementing AI strategies is the #1 C-level priority for Saudi Arabia organizations surveyed. Unlike global and EMEA results, where data security and ransomware protection is the #1 priority, Saudi Arabia ranked Implementation of AI strategies their top C-level IT priority for 2024. 78% of respondents from Saudi Arabia said their organization will increase investments in AI strategy over the next 12 months. Additionally, 79% of Saudi Arabia respondents say their organization’s investment in data analytics will increase in 2024. this process will also create challenges. Over 60% of Saudi Arabia respondents agree data privacy is a concern to their organization due to AI, and 63% say running AI applications is a “moderate to significant challenge” given their current IT infrastructure.


For the sixth consecutive year, Vanson Bourne conducted research on behalf of Nutanix, surveying 1,500 IT and DevOps/Platform Engineering decision-makers around the world in December 2023. The respondent base spanned multiple industries, business sizes, and geographies, including North and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific-Japan (APJ) region.