Data Storage Market Will Hit CAGR of 14.4% from 2015 to 2025
By Dipo Olowookere
The data storage market is classified into two broad categories: consumer data storage devices and enterprise data storage. Consumer data storage devices include hard disk drives and USB flash drives are used for storing personal data of consumers. Enterprise data storage includes products and services designed for assisting enterprises with cost effective digital information storage solutions. Continuous advancements in information and social technology is one of the primary factors driving growth of the Middle East data storage market currently.
Future Market Insights offers a 10-year forecast of the Middle East data storage market between 2015 and 2025. The report considers 2014 as the base year and provides data for the trailing 12 months. In terms of value, the Middle East data storage market is expected to register a CAGR of 14.4% during the forecast period.
This research report includes a detailed analysis of the Middle East data storage market for identifying the factors contributing towards growth of the market across different verticals. This study demonstrates the market dynamics and trends in the Middle East regions, which are expected to influence the current nature and future status of the data storage market during the forecast period. A detailed analysis of the value chain further empowers clients to formulate strategies for every stage of their business. The report has been segmented by application into consumer data storage devices and enterprise data storage, on the basis of vertical and end user.
Advancements in information and social technology have paved the way for unabated data growth, which is one of the primary factors contributing to the rise in adoption of advanced enterprise data storage solutions globally. Additionally, small and medium-sized business (SMBs) have begun to leverage actionable information from Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices. Due to this, data storage vendors are introducing latest portfolio of hybrid cloud data protection solutions, in order to offer SMBs as an affordable disaster recovery solution.
This report also includes FMI’s analysis of the key trends, drivers, and restraints that are influencing growth of the Middle East data storage market. The weighted average model is leveraged to identify the impact of the key growth drivers and restraints across various geographies, in order to help clients achieve a categorical view of the market. This report covers trends that are driving each segment and offers analysis and insights regarding the potential of the data storage market in the Middle East regions. The GCC region includes the following countries: UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain; while the Levant region includes Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Cyprus. The report also provides key regulations, trends, list of distributers and retailers, and business models followed by key players across each country (mentioned above).
On the basis of consumer data storage devices, the market is segmented into Hard Disk Drive (HDD), Solid State Drives (SSD), memory cards, optical disk and USB flash drives. The Middle East data storage market is categorised further under the enterprise data storage application segment into flash storage and hard disk, cloud based storage, software defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure. The report also classifies the data storage market by end user (commercial and residential) and vertical (BFSI, healthcare, government, telecom and IT, defence and aerospace, education and other). The report presents a detailed analysis of each segment in terms of market value (US$ Mn). Additionally, it analyses volume (thousand units) contribution by the consumer data storage devices segment, covered under the scope of the Middle East data storage market. In addition to this, a detailed analysis covering the key market trends, absolute dollar opportunity and BPS analysis of the various segments has also been presented.
Given the ever-fluctuating global economy, the report not only forecasts the market on the basis of CAGR, but also analyses the impact of the key parameters for each year over the forecast period. This helps the clients to understand the predictability of the market and to identify the right growth opportunities in the market during the forecast period. Also, a significant feature of this report is the analysis of all vital segments in terms of absolute dollar opportunity. The absolute dollar opportunity is critical in assessing the level of revenue opportunity in the market.
The final section of the data storage market report includes competitive landscape, which is aimed at presenting the client with a dashboard view of the overall market, based on the categories of providers in the value chain, product portfolios, and key differentiating factors. This section is important for gleaning insights about the participants in the market’s ecosystem. Additionally, it enables identification and evaluation of key competitors based on the in-depth assessment of their capabilities and successes in the marketplace. The report includes comprehensive profiles of the providers to evaluate their long-term and short-term strategies, key offerings and recent developments. Key competitors covered in this report include IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, VMware, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., NetApp Inc., Open Text Corp., Sandisk Corporation, Hitachi Data System Corporation, EMC Corporation and Nexenta Systems, Inc.
In order to evaluate the market size, revenue generated by the data storage vendors has been taken into consideration. Average selling price of each product included as a part of the consumer data storage devices across each country of the Middle East region was considered for estimating market revenue across respective regions. Moreover, market estimates have been analysed keeping in mind different factors, including technology, environment, economic, legal and social. In order to provide correct market forecast statistics, the current market was sized as it forms the basis of the data storage market during the forecast period. Given the characteristics of the market, we triangulated the outcome on the basis of three different types of data, including secondary research, primary research and data from paid databases. Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. Secondary research includes the key players’ product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents, recent trade journals, technical writing, Internet sources, trade associations, agencies and statistical data from government websites. This collated data from primary and secondary data sources is then analysed by the in-house research panel using market research statistical tools.
NCC Orders Implementation of Harmonised Short Codes
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed mobile network operators (MNOs) to commence implementation of the approved harmonised short codes (HSC) for providing certain services to telecom consumers in the country.
The Director of Public Affairs at the NCC, Mr Reuben Muoka, in a statement on Monday, said the unified short codes were approved in line with its consumer-centric approach to telecom regulation.
According to him, the use of harmonised short codes is aimed at achieving uniformity in common short codes across networks.
This means that the code for checking airtime balance is the same across all mobile networks for the same function, irrespective of the network a consumer uses.
With the new codes, telecom consumers using the over 226 million active mobile lines in the country can now use the same codes to access services across the networks.
Already, the agency has set a deadline of May 17, 2023, for all mobile networks to fully migrate from hitherto diverse short codes to harmonised codes.
The period between now and May 17, 2023, is provided by the NCC to enable telecom consumers to familiarise themselves with the new codes for various services.
Under the new harmonised short codes regime, 13 common short codes have been approved by the NCC and include 300 for Call Centre/Help Desk on all mobile networks; 301 for voice Mail Deposit; 302 for Voice Mail Retrieval; 303 for Borrow Services; 305 for STOP Service; 310 for Check Balance, and 311 for Credit Recharge.
Also, the common code for Data Plan across networks is now 312. In line with the new direction, 321 is for Share Services, while 323 is for Data Plan Balance. The code 996 is now for Verification of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration/NIN-SIM Linkage.
The code 2442 is retained for Do-Not-Disturb (DND) unsolicited messaging complaint management, while the common code, 3232, is also retained for Porting Services, otherwise called Mobile Number Portability.
The old and new harmonised short codes will run concurrently up until May 17, 2023, when all networks are expected to have fully migrated to full implementation of the new codes.
Bitfinex Lists CryptoGPT to Revolutionise Approach to AI
By Adedapo Adesanya
Cryptocurrency exchange, Bitfinex, has listed the first-of-its-kind CryptoGPT token ($GPT) in what has been touted as a revolutionised approach to artificial intelligence (AI).
The CryptoGPT, a cryptocurrency token built on an Ethereum platform, is the first-of-its-kind multi-value gas token and has the necessary demand as fuel for network transactions. It is topped up with value funnels from validator staking, cash flow from core products, and power of fee treasury which can be deployed for liquidity events like buybacks, burns, and/or expanded yield.
In a statement, the company said CryptoGPT token would revolutionise the world of AI by decentralising the data industry and giving billions of users across the world, including Africa, full control of their own AI data and freedom to monetize such data as they live their daily lives, creating a sustainable income stream.
CryptoGPT is a dedicated layer-2 blockchain built to create trillion-dollar data and power the AI revolution. The blockchain hosts apps with 2+ million active users, placing it as one of the biggest blockchains at launch. This innovation uniquely merges blockchain technology with AI and offers an ecosystem that treats data like an asset class.
The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is bringing drastic changes in the technological fields around the world, where if implemented, it automates systems for more efficiency and performance.
From the comfort of a mobile phone and in multiple fields, AI is continuously providing high-performance and accurate system work with efficiency whilst playing an important role in helping humans work better without the help of humans. Since its inception, there is no doubt that the algorithm and success of AI is data-driven, and currently, many big tech companies and players like Meta, Google, and Amazon make billions and trillions of dollars by monetizing users’ AI data.
By creating an ecosystem that incentivizes users to earn crypto tokens and avoid constant inflation, CryptoGPT lets users capitalize on their data through its versatile $GPT token.
“No matter how much CryptoGPT ultimately decentralizes data, the $GPT token is a good investment because users can amass significant quantities of it by using the ecosystem’s apps and making referrals. This makes CryptoGPT the first sustainable ‘to earn’ ecosystem that pays users for contributing data that is then sold in the global data marketplace,” the company said.
CryptoGPT, unlike most participants in the AI boom, entered the marketplace with a compelling value proposition setting itself apart.
Currently, AI is used for different purposes and in different fields like virtual assistants or chats, healthcare agriculture, security and surveillance, logistics, shopping and fashion, agriculture, and farming. The CryptoGPT has an ecosystem of millions of daily app users with over 20+ apps in these fields as well as lifestyle, music, dating, travel, and gaming.
Nigerian Fintechs Mull New Registry to Tackle Fraud
By Adedapo Adesanya
Financial technology (fintech) companies in Nigeria are reportedly working on a joint strategy that will help create a new registry to tackle fraudulent transactions within their networks.
A report from the publication revealed that three people familiar with the development said the registry had been stylised as Project Radar.
The registry, when public, would enable companies to pool details, including banking and government identity data, of individuals and groups that have attempted or made fraudulent transactions.
The report revealed that representatives of more than a dozen companies — including payments processor Flutterwave, digital banks Kuda and Branch, and savings app Cowrywise — joined a call on Monday (March 6), to come up with the move.
It was reported that the most vocal appeared to be Mr Olugbenga Agboola, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Africa’s most valuable startup, Flutterwave.
This could be tied to recent happenings around the company after news broke that Flutterwave was hacked for N2.9 billion ($6.3 million) in over 60 transactions in February.
Court documents showed the company filed a suit in Lagos against 16 commercial banks to freeze over 100 accounts suspected of receiving proceeds of the reported hack.
Business Post later reported that Flutterwave denied the hack, saying it observed an unusual trend of transactions on some users’ profiles, and it quickly took action.
The company said, “We want to confirm that no user lost any funds, and we take pride in the fact that our security measures were able to address the issue before any harm could be done to our users.
“Our commitment to keeping our users’ financial information safe and secure is why we invest heavily in security initiatives such as periodic audits, certifications, and licenses such as the PCI-DSS & ISO 27001. These are in line with global best practices in information security management.
“We want you to continue to trust us and feel secure using Flutterwave for your business needs. Our commitment is to enable your business growth while keeping your financial information safe and secure.”
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