SGI predicts 35% growth in Middle East market

SGI is predicting healthy growth of 35% in the Middle East and North African (MENA) market for its Intel processor-based workstations and servers over the next 12 months.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  March 14, 2001

SGI is predicting healthy growth of 35% in the Middle East and North African (MENA) market for its Intel processor-based workstations and servers over the next 12 months.

The company expects to consolidate its market share in the Unix environment, which has seen growth of 30-35% over the last four years, and is expecting to see huge growth following its move into Intel-based platforms.

“In the Middle East we have seen growth of 30-35% in our Unix market, and we are expecting that our Unix and NT products will be able to double its growth every quarter,” said Jean-Philippe DeGrendele, SGI’s general manager, MENA.

“We are anticipating the greatest growth for 2001 in the telecoms, oil and gas, government and education sectors, with a slightly stronger demand for dedicated SGI Internet servers over workstations,” explained Irving.

The worldwide market is proving flatter with overall growth hitting the 15-20% level, added Jim Irving, SGI’s channel director, Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA).

SGI has linked up with 12 new channel partners as it moves to Intel platforms. SGI’s presence in the Middle East market is 100% reliant on channel partners. “We have been looking for different channel partners for different products, and we are actively recruiting for Intel specialists and partners both in the region and on a worldwide scale,” said Irving.

SGI also unveiled the SGI 1100 Internet server for e-commerce and the SGI 230 workstation aimed at users of digital content creation in the design, medical, scientific and government fields.

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