The market includes storage hardware products made for end users, small offices and small businesses.
Companies selling these products include Toshiba, Western Digital, Seagate, Buffalo, D-Link, Netgear and Lenovo/EMC.
The market for sales in western Europe grew 3.5 percent in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Western Europe also represented the largest market for units shipped, amounting to 4.7 million units. Those revenues largely came for personal level storage.
The central eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa (CEMA) showed a drop of 13 percent year on year. The drop was because of sanctions against Russia and the Ukrainian crisis, as well as less bandwidth capabilities and the fact not many people work remotely in the region.
The Middle East and Africa showed a drop of 17 percent year on year, caused by political turmoil and civil unrest.