This is a four per cent increase from 2012 as reported by Gartner.
Mary Mesaglio, research vice president at Gartner, said: “IT leaders in the Gulf region are focused on business solutions and improving workforce productivity.
“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.”
Storage (external controller based) in MEA is forecasted to grow from US$648 million in 2012 to US$760 million in 2016 according to the global ICT research company with the storage hardware market still under penetrated.
Gartner believes the storage hardware market is under penetrated because many organisations are “not having the insight or education required to assess the correct storage infrastructure for their application and service requirements. Deduplication, thin provisioning and flash storage are slowly gaining traction in this market”.