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Data centre demand in Qatar growing at 20%

IDC expects market for data centre solutions to grow by 20% to 2017

Data centre demand in Qatar growing at 20%
Rangel: Qatar is seeing a shift from inhouse data centres to the use of data centre providers.

Demand for data centre technologies in Qatar is set to drive market growth of 20% from 2012 to 2017, according to IDC.

The analyst company predicts "significant growth" in the sector, with demand for business continuity and disaster recovery, together with growing computational and storage needs, accelerating growth in data centre services.

At the same time, increasing customer interest in cloud services is also driving demand for data centres.

Adriana Rangel, research director for systems and infrastructure solutions at IDC Middle East, Turkey, and Africa commented: "There is a shift in mindset currently underway, with customers increasingly utilizing third-party data centre providers for their hosting requirements in a bid to avoid making large capital investments.

"In order to capitalize on the increasing demand for hosting services, Qatar has seen a surge in investments in the data centre space as providers aim to offer new and innovative services to their customers while maintaining high-quality and strong service delivery capabilities based on international standards."

IDC said that the Qatari market offers sizeable opportunities for both data centre services providers as well as IT services providers to work with customers in establishing their data centre infrastructures. The analyst company recently held its IDC's Datacenter 360 Roadshow in Qatar, to discuss issues for the sector, with major IT organisations such as Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar University, and Petroserv.

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