The Business Year

Kiarash Kiazand

OMAN - Telecoms & IT

Kiarash Kiazand

CEO, Cloud Acropolis

Bio

How does the evolution of your range of services reflect the changes that the company has been through?We are moving toward what they call computerless computing, and we are introducing the infrastructure for that to the local market by giving greater flexibility to our customers to manage everything themselves. In the last year, we have been able to provide disaster recovery within a few minutes for all customers, regardless of the size of the asset or virtual machine. We have been able to achieve that with fairly low bandwidth between here and our DR site in Nizwa. Reducing those hours and risks of downtime for our customers to below five minutes was truly significant.Where do you see room for greater collaboration between the IT sector and the government?Even if we bring the entire government together, there will not be enough business for a good data center to run. Oman is connected to 61 cables, so we can in fact create many services, such as IT as well as cloud services, from Oman and provide them to other places with extremely low latency. We need an entity that can manage the routing properly. Some 20% of Omani graduates specialize in IT. Therefore, the country needs to build the infrastructure or build work for them not by force but by creating business. Not bringing overseas business here means we will not have enough job openings for them.

How does the evolution of your range of services reflect the changes that the company has been through?

We are moving toward what they call computerless computing, and we are introducing the infrastructure for that to the local market by giving greater flexibility to our customers to manage everything themselves. In the last year, we have been able to provide disaster recovery within a few minutes for all customers, regardless of the size of the asset or virtual machine. We have been able to achieve that with fairly low bandwidth between here and our DR site in Nizwa. Reducing those hours and risks of downtime for our customers to below five minutes was truly significant.Where do you see room for greater collaboration between the IT sector and the government?Even if we bring the entire government together, there will not be enough business for a good data center to run. Oman is connected to 61 cables, so we can in fact create many services, such as IT as well as cloud services, from Oman and provide them to other places with extremely low latency. We need an entity that can manage the routing properly. Some 20% of Omani graduates specialize in IT. Therefore, the country needs to build the infrastructure or build work for them not by force but by creating business. Not bringing overseas business here means we will not have enough job openings for them.

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