The EMEA External Storage Market Shows Signs of Slowdown
The EMEA external storage systems market recorded another positive quarter in 1Q19, with 2.4% year-on-year growth in U.S. dollars (10.7% in euros), according to IDC.
The all-flash-array (AFA) market represented 36.5% of total external storage shipments in the region, while hybrid arrays (HFA) remained the most popular array type, accounting for almost 46% of total shipments in value terms for the quarter. HDD-only shipments continued to lose ground, registering only 17.6% of value.
The Western European market grew 2.2% in dollars and 10.6% in euros in value terms. All-flash arrays represented 37% of total shipments with a year-on-year increase of more than 18%. Storage spending in the region has been impacted by a backstop of the German economy, but still recorded a surprisingly resilient U.K. market, growing at double digits for the fifth quarter in a row, strongly pushed by digital transformation investments.
The Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) storage market grew at a single-digit rate (3.5% YoY) in the first quarter of 2019 following the positive trend from the last year. The more modest performance was driven by the flat storage market in MEA with some of the largest countries recording declines while most CEE countries saw an increase in demand.
The AFA market maintained double-digit growth for the region (20% YoY and nearly 35% share in value) but was more subdued compared to past quarters as hybrid arrays in some Central European countries outperformed all-flash in both growth and share. Conversely, MEA users continued to invest heavily in all-flash solutions, whose market share exceeded those in CEE and WE.
Top 5 Vendors, EMEA External Enterprise Storage Systems Value ($M)