EMEA integrated systems market grows 63.5%
Market peaks at $1.76 billion, according to the latest insights from IDC
The value of the EMEA integrated systems market grew 63.5% for the full year 2013, peaking at $1.76 billion, according to the latest insights from IDC.
Integrated systems - defined by IDC as single SKU systems optimised for virtualisation - have proven the more popular investment option, IDC said. The research firm said that these systems accounted for over 57% of total sales in the EMEA region in 2013, more than doubling from 2012.
Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMA) accounted for 14% of EMEA market revenue in 2013, with sales of integrated solutions split evenly between CEE and MEA, IDC said. The research house added that integrated infrastructure was the preferred solution, recording year-on-year growth of over 100%, while integrated platform revenue increased by less than 30% in 2013.
"The majority of integrated infrastructure sales were driven by organisations from developing countries, where the deployment of integrated solution also addresses a lack of skilled IT resources as the easy manageability and simplified provisioning of the solutions reduces the time IT staff spend on routine tasks," said Jiri Helebrand, research manager at IDC CEMA.
Western Europe's revenue accounted for about 86% of EMEA sales, IDC said. UK companies adopted early and represent around one-third of the market, with Germany growing more significantly. However, in France, adoption is beginning to ramp up more slowly, IDC said.
"The increasing need for easy manageability as well as data consistency preservation is pushing the market towards the adoption of integrated solutions, which are quick to set up and have optimized performance based on a certified stack," said Silvia Cosso, research analyst, IDC European Storage Group.
"However, the still comparatively high price point of systems has so far limited the adoption of the technology in some areas. The discussion, however, needs to turn from CAPEX to OPEX."