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External controller-based storage market in Middle East to reach US$546 million in 2012, says Gartner
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed June 13, 2012 5:57 pm

UAE. The external controller-based (ECB) storage market in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is forecast to reach US$546 million in 2012, a 16.5% increase from 2011 revenue of US$469 million, according to Gartner, Inc.

Gartner analysts said the market is underpenetrated and represents a significant long-term opportunity for storage hardware vendors, but   Gulf countries' spending is highly tilted toward government-backed projects across verticals.

The largest proportion of storage hardware spending is centered around a few key countries that have a high adoption rate of the latest data center technologies, such as South Africa, Turkey, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia.

The enterprise segment in the MEA market still displays very traditional purchasing behaviors, with storage area network (SAN) demand being driven by database workloads and other structured applications, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). The service provider segment in MEA is displaying signs of innovation and adoption of the data center technology stacks, fabric-based computing architectures and storage arrays that are specifically targeted at the service provider cloud environment.

“Buyers prefer to purchase storage and wider integrated solutions from one vendor or channel partner, so that they can make it responsible and accountable for the products and offerings and reduce operational complexity,” said Sid Deshpande, senior research analyst at Gartner. “Network-attached storage (NAS) is expected to grow its share from 24 percent of the storage hardware market in MEA in 2011 to 41 percent in 2016, indicating a strong opportunity for storage hardware vendors.”

Israel, Turkey and South Africa combined constitute 52 percent of ECB storage revenue in the MEA region. The other major buying centers for data center hardware are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

“We have observed significant differences in the technology maturity and purchasing behavior of various countries in the region, with some of the mature adopters being open to opting for the latest best-of-breed storage technologies. However, organizations in the less developed countries have been at the completely opposite end of the spectrum, with other factors coming into the decision-making process. In these less-developed markets, the onus is on storage vendors to educate, certify and equip channel partners to promote their technologies among the end-user community,” said Mr. Deshpande.

Additional information is available in the Gartner report " Market Trends: ECB Storage Hardware in MEA Represents Long-Term Opportunity”.

The report is available on Gartner's website at

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