Oman Data Park Launches AI Cloud Service
Muscat, 6 Oct (ONA) — As one of the vital enablers contributing to the improvement of productivity in economic sectors and a key pillar driving the national economy for technological transformation, Oman Data Park (ODP), the Sultanate’s first IT-managed and cloud services provider, today launched Nebula AI service by joining the NVIDIA Partner Network (NPN) Cloud Service Provider Partner Program.
The launching ceremony was held under the patronage of Dr. Ali Amer Al Shidani, Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology.
The ceremony was attended by high-level VIP delegations, business, and media representatives. The event was also graced by both virtual and physical presenters covering various aspects of AI and its benefits and was live streamed to a wider audience.
The launch of the Nebula AI platform, the first of its kind in Oman, comes in line with Oman’s vision for 2040 and within the Sultanate’s exerted efforts to keep pace with the latest technological developments in the field of computing, compatible with the requirements of the fourth industrial revolution and AI.
The Sultanate has advanced 11 positions in the government’s readiness index for implementing AI in 2020, while it ranked 48th globally and sixth in the Middle East, according to the Oxford Insight Index.
According to a PWC research, AI is estimated to contribute around 15.7 trillion USD globally by 2030, while the Middle East is estimated to accrue 2% of the total global benefits of AI in 2030, which is equivalent to 320 billion USD. The forecast reports also show that annual growth is expected to range between 20-34% per year across the region.
Forecasts from Gartner indicate that by 2025, 50% of enterprises will have devised AI orchestration platforms to operationalize AI, up from fewer than 10% in 2020. By 2025, AI will be the top category driving infrastructure decisions, due to the maturation of the AI market, resulting in a tenfold growth in compute requirements. And by 2025, 10% of governments will use a synthetic population with realistic behavior patterns to train AI while avoiding privacy and security concerns.