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TMCNet:  Gartner Says The Middle East and Africa IT Infrastructure Spending To Reach US$ 4 Billion in 2013; Gartner Analysts to Examine Key Issues Facing the IT Industry At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, March 5-7, 2013

[February 25, 2013]

Gartner Says The Middle East and Africa IT Infrastructure Spending To Reach US$ 4 Billion in 2013; Gartner Analysts to Examine Key Issues Facing the IT Industry At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, March 5-7, 2013

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai - The Middle East & African IT infrastructure market, comprising of servers, storage and networking equipment, is forecast to reach US$ 3.9 billion in 2013, a 4 percent increase from 2012, according to Gartner, Inc.


"IT leaders in the Gulf region are focused on business solutions and improving workforce productivity," said Mary Mesaglio, research vice president 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 US $1.54 billion in 2013, and it will grow to US $1.69 billion in 2016 (see Table 1) "Increased acceptance of virtualization is one of the key factors for this modest server growth," said Naveen Mishra, principal research analyst at Gartner. "IT leaders in the Middle East will extend their virtualization investments to create private clouds, especially banks, government and telecom organizations. 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." Table 1-Middle East and African IT Infrastructure Revenue by Technology (Million US Dollars) [table removed] Source: Gartner (February 2013) The data centre market in the Middle East is fuelled by increased construction of Tier 3 and Tier 4 data centres, especially in Saudi Arbia and UAE, primarily driven by Multi National Corporations (MNC )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 US$ 648 million in 2012 to 760 million in 2016.The storage hardware market is still underpenetrated overall, with many organizations 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.

Gartner analysts will examine key industry topics and provide additional insights at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which will take place in Dubai March 5-7, 2013.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees' annual planning efforts. IT executives rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency.

Additional information for Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, March 5-7, 2013, is available at www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/dubai/ .

Members of the media can register for the event by contacting Sony Shetty, Gartner PR on +91 9820900036 or sony.shetty@gartner.com .

Additional information from the event will be shared on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc and using #GartnerSym.

Contacts Sony Shetty Gartner +91 9820900036 sony.shetty@gartner.com About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in 12,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 5,000 associates, including 1,280 research analysts and consultants, and clients in 85 countries. For more information, www.gartner.com .

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