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MEA IT infrastructure spend to reach $3.5bn in 2014: Gartner

Gulf CIOs preparing for third-platform, says research firm

MEA IT infrastructure spend to reach $3.5bn in 2014: Gartner
Gartner expects a 4.1% increase this year in regional infrastructure investment from 2013.

IT infrastructure spending, in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region is set to reach $3.47bn, a 4.1% increase from 2013, according to research firm Gartner, Inc.

Gartner's figures focus on regional investments in data storage, physical servers, and enterprise networking equipment.

"CIOs in the Gulf are beginning to prepare their enterprises to stay relevant in the digital business era, and they will continue to invest in technologies such as mobility, cloud, social and analytics," said Mary Mesaglio, research vice president at Gartner. "In 2014, we expect a lot of digital business and innovation to be driven by the convergence of these forces in the Gulf."

IT infrastructure spend in the region is expected to be driven by data centre modernisation programmes and build-out projects by indigenous and international companies. Server is the biggest component of this infrastructure market, according to Gartner, accounting for $1.3bn in 2014, and it is expected to reach $1.54bn in 2017.

"Private cloud, security and mobility are key drivers for the infrastructure spend in the Gulf region", said Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner. "The mid-market in the Gulf is expected to fuel infrastructure spending, primarily by focusing on virtualisation and the public cloud.

"Security continues to be a key barrier for enterprises while many consider mainstream cloud adoption. Desktop virtualisation, managing storage growth, and integrated systems are other key priorities that will influence infrastructure spending in this region during 2014."

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