Double-Digit Growth in Middle East and Africa Disk Storage Market, According to IDC
04 Jul 2012
Dubai, July 04,
2012 – The disk storage market in the Middle East and
Africa (MEA) posted double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2012,
compared to the same quarter last year. According to the latest data
from market research company IDC, revenue was up 17.25% year on year,
reaching $2.26 billion. Capacity expressed in terabytes was up 41% year
on year in 2012, and IDC expects further robust growth in capacity
consumption by the end of the year. The development reflects the
current increasing adoption of cloud technologies, the need for
analytics, mobility trends, and prevalence of social networking.
"Mixed results were observed on a country-wide level, but
overall, the region is in recovery mode. A tough economic climate
coupled with recent political developments has made this traditionally
deal-driven market adopt a conservative approach," says Research
Analyst Arun Philip, IDC MEA. "Projects have been placed on hold and
pipelines extended as the market opts to 'wait and watch' for calmer
Despite these inhibitors, the North African region (including
Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia), as well as Nigeria and South Africa
registered double-digit growth in the disk storage market year on year.
Deals across telecom, banking and manufacturing sectors have boosted
the need for storage solutions owing to ever-increasing volumes of
In the Middle East, growth has been sluggish, owing to the
tentative economic environment in the region. Growth in sectors like
government, education, banking, financial services, and health
compensated for the apprehensive private sector. As a result, countries
such as Kuwait and Qatar have posted double-digit growth figures. IDC
predicts that besides the usual suspects, Saudi Arabia and the UAE,
Qatar will be at the forefront of further disk storage market growth,
due to the boom in business tourism and upcoming international events.
There has been tremendous growth in the InfiniBand and iSCSI
protocols in the MEA region, especially across the Dell and EMC models.
This goes hand in hand with a gradual shift away from DAS and NAS
protocols. RAID is still the de facto choice for redundancy purposes,
with over 94% share of all shipped models.
Among vendors, EMC has maintained its top spot, with nearly
40% market share thanks to its solid standing in enterprise solutions
across the MEA. In the wake of its great run in the oil and gas sector
in countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Qatar, and UAE, Netapp has
secured the number two vendor position, with more than 16% market
share. HP placed third, with just over 14%, followed by IBM and Dell,
with around 12% and 7%, respectively.
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