The Middle East & Africa IT infrastructure market, comprising of servers, storage and networking equipment, is forecast to reach $3,9-billion in 2013, a 4% increase from 2012, according to Gartner.
“IT leaders in the Gulf region are focused on business solutions and improving workforce productivity,” says Mary Mesaglio, research VP at Gartner.
“As the nexus of forces – mobility, social, information and cloud – start becoming reality in the Middle East, this region will see a fundamental shift in the way IT service is created, delivered and managed.”
IT infrastructure growth in Middle East will be driven by data centre consolidation coupled with new data centre build outs. Servers are the largest segment of the IT infrastructure market with revenue reaching  $1,54-billion in 2013, and it will grow to $1,69-billion in 2016.
“Increased acceptance of virtualisation is one of the key factors for this modest server growth,” says Naveen Mishra, principal research analyst at Gartner.
“IT leaders in the Middle East will extend their virtualisation investments to create private clouds, especially banks, government and telecom organisations.
“Security is one the biggest barriers for the adoption of public cloud. However, this market has a huge universe of small and midsize enterprises who are experimenting with some of the public cloud offerings.”
The data centre market in the Middle East is fuelled by increased construction of Tier 3 and Tier 4 data centres, especially in Saudi Arabia and UAE, primarily driven by multinational corporations, as well as regional collocation and hosting service providers.
The external controller based storage in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow from $648-million in 2012 to $760-million in 2016.
The storage hardware market is still underpenetrated overall, with many organisations not having the insight or education required to assess the correct storage infrastructure for their application and service requirements.
De-duplication, thin provisioning and flash storage are slowly gaining traction in this market.