Networking market booms

Network hardware, software sales are surging according to regional vendors

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Networking market booms Brocade’s Sufian Dweik predicts ongoing growth in the storage and networking sector in the Middle East.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 6, 2013

Networking and storage vendors in the Middle East region are seeing double digit growth across their business from a range of verticals, including increased interest from new sectors such as healthcare, media, and retail in addition to steady demand from traditional high-IT spenders such as government, infrastructure, telecom and banking, according to Brocade.

Dell Middle East is also seeing massive growth across its storage and networking business units.

“We are seeing double-digit growth in the networking market in the Middle East, with slightly smaller figures for the storage market. We are growing our networking business overall across EMEA. Emerging is clearly one of our growth areas at 100% plus,” said Brian Humphries, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell.

The recent wave of trends like cloud computing, BYOD and virtualisation have moved beyond the ‘hype-cycle’ and into actual implementation, meaning that companies are investing more into their networking hardware and software.

“Trends such as BYOD and virtualisation are very network dependent which is why we are seeing a lot of companies reassessing their networks and making investments,” said Sufian Dweik, regional director, MEMA at Brocade.

Storage Area Networking (SAN) also forms a very strong part of these vendors’ business and SAN deployments are increasing in the region, says Brocade.

“The key reason for SAN business growth is that the role of the data centre for enterprise organisations is now more vital than ever, thanks to massive data growth, virtual architectures and the new demands for high-availability, high-performance applications,” said Dweik.

According to Gartner, the storage and networking market in the MEA region is expected to grow by 3.8% in terms of user spending over the next five years through 2017, while the MEA enterprise network equipment market is expected to grow 7% in 2014.

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