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MENA IT sector seen to grow 11 per cent in 2010.

Summary: JEDDAH u The IT sector in the Middle East and North Africa, or MENA, region is forecast to grow 11 per cent in 2010 with IT spending reaching over $4.3 billion, according to a report from the International Data Corporation, or IDC.

The report added that the region will continue to see double-digit growth in IT spending until 2013, compared to just 2.5 per cent in the world's developed markets.

"The projected growth by the IT sector coming mostly from the MENA region is set to contribute to nearly 17 percent of the global industry growth." said APC by Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia Country Vice-President Jeff De Sousa.

"The increasing demands from the industry have contributed to the added pressure on data centres to house high-density servers, while the global shift towards environmental responsibility makes it critical for the region to adhere to stringent guidelines," he added.

De Sousa explained that this makes the region more vulnerable to the international market. IDC projects that energy and cooling expenses will grow eight times faster than the amount of money spent on purchasing new servers through 2011. "Historically, we've experienced a spike in demand for support services and maintenance during the summer months," he added.

APC anticipates a busy summer in Saudi Arabia, and sees a healthy growth for surge protectors and uninterrupted power supply systems in the Middle East during the summer months.

habib@khaleejtimes.com

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 13, 2010
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