GCC server market grows in contrast to MEA trend
Oman sees triple-digit growth in shipment volume
The second quarter of this year saw modest year-on-year growth for the x86 server market, according to a report released by International Data Corporation (IDC). The report shows the regional market expanded by 1.22% in volume and 1.15% in value during the quarter.
In contrast to the prevailing trend seen in MEA as a whole, x86 server shipments to GCC countries grew 14.3%, year on year.
Oman topped the table with a 180% year-on-year shipment surge. This was largely attributed to major deals being inked in the Sultanate's petrochemical sector.
Growth elsewhere in the GCC has been linked to the education, banking, and telecommunications sectors.
"Although some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, and Algeria, experienced healthy growth in the second quarter of the year, the overall Middle East and Africa server market is still struggling as it feels the pressure of ongoing economic and political challenges across the region," says Faysal Ayoubi, a systems and infrastructure solutions research analyst at IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.
"However, we expect the market to gain momentum by the year's end to record double-digit growth in Q4 2012."