MEA enterprise hardware market shows ‘passive’ growth: IDC

Sluggish pace attributed to regional virtualisation adoption

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MEA enterprise hardware market shows ‘passive’ growth: IDC The MEA region's x86 server market witnessed a 5% year-on-year increase in value, but a 3.7% decline in unit terms during 2013.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 8, 2014

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) enterprise hardware market (servers and external storage), remains in a passive state according to the latest figures released today by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Referencing its EMEA Quarterly Server and Disk Storage Systems Trackers, the research firm today announced that the market expanded by just 5.1%, year on year, in 2013, to total $2.58bn, with much of the growth spurred by infrastructure deals within the oil and gas (O&G), telecommunications, and BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) verticals.

The MEA region's x86 server market witnessed a 5% year-on-year increase in value, but a 3.7% decline in unit terms during 2013.

"There are a lot of changes occurring in the MEA enterprise domain, with a gradual shift towards fully virtualised data centres and cloud-based infrastructures," said Zeeshan Gaya, research manager for systems and infrastructure solutions at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

"As such, the growth seen in the x86 server market's value, and the corresponding decline in volume, can be attributed to the increased adoption of virtualisation technologies that utilise fewer server units than is the case in traditional data centres."

The region's external storage market expanded 5.1%, year on year, in 2013.

''The overall sentiment in the MEA storage market ended on a positive note in 2013, with most countries witnessing healthy growth barring a few in Africa," says Swapna Subramani, senior research analyst for storage systems at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

"The storage market is witnessing increased uptake of entry-level and midrange storage devices driven by demand for the NAS protocol. Mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, video surveillance, and big data are the key driving factors for this ongoing shift within the MEA storage market."

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