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External storage market down for ninth consecutive quarter

Total EMEA external storage systems revenue fell by 3.9% in the first quarter of 2017, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) EMEA Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker 1Q17. The all-flash market outpaced expectations and grew 100.7%, with accelerated growth in Western Europe and in the Middle East and Africa. In contrast, the traditional hard disk array (HDD) segment in EMEA fell 34.5% in the first quarter.

Silvia Cosso, IDC research manager, European Storage and Datacenter Research, said: “Brexit uncertainty, unfavorable exchange rates, major vendors’ internal reorganisations and increased component costs for SSD have weighed down on EMEA performance once again, making 1Q17 the ninth quarter of uninterrupted decline for the region.

“However, as enterprises progress in their digital transformation paths, sales of all-flash array systems, standalone or converged, see no crisis in sight, doubling their sales compared to the same period a year ago and reaching a quarter of total sales.”

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