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Global micro data centre market will consolidate

ipr-appeals-consolidationNumber crunchers at Transparency Market Research (TMR) have worked out that the global micro data centre market is to be largely consolidated with the presence of a few dominant companies.

The report suggests that any competition between those that remain will be cut throat.

As regional and global players strive to rake in more revenue, they embark upon joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships to expand their global footprint. Besides this, these companies are also striving to enhance their capabilities by developing cloud based micro data centre in order to serve a wide range of end use industries.

Key companies in the global micro data center market include Eaton, Hitachi, Panduit, Zellabox Dataracks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development, Instant Data Centers, Huawei Technologies, Rittal, and Schneider Electric .

TMR says the global micro data centre market is expected to clock an impressive 21.1 percent during the 2017-2025 forecast period. At this pace, the market’s valuation of US $3,208.9 million  2016 will become US $14,813.2 million by the end of 2025. Among the key segments based on rack size, more than 40 U segment held the leading 54 percent market share in 2016. Geography-wise, in 2016, North America stood as the leading regional market accounting for 43.2 percent revenue contribution to the overall market.

Benefits over Traditional Facilities for Simplifying Workload Boosts Adoption 

The changing enterprise data centre needs for design and capacity specifications is primarily driving the micro data centre market. Large number of enterprises are adopting micro data centers to store critical data either on premise or in remote locations.

Micro data centres are increasingly being adopted by smaller businesses and large enterprises to simplify workloads that traditional facilities are unable to handle. As a result, companies are moving from local infrastructure to automated micro data centres for information storage. Micro data centres are scalable, self-contained, customizable, self-managed, and cost effective. As server rooms have constraints of being space-intensive, inflexible, and expensive, several companies are shifting towards micro data centres that are easy to install.

Physical Attributes of Micro Data Centre Fuels Demand 

Micro data centres are portable and occupy very small spaces in comparison to traditional data centres. However, they are equipped with various components of traditional data centres which include in-built cooling systems, security systems, telecommunication and storage systems, fire suppression systems, monitoring systems, and uninterruptible power supplys (UPS). The various components of micro data centres are placed in a solid rack and can be easily installed in poorly accessible areas as well. Other features include integrated remote management for temperature, humidity, and power combined with remote monitoring and security. These factors have led to an increase in demand.

Further, the growing demand for edge computing to reduce latency among IoT and enterprises is expected to bode well for the global micro data centre market.

Storage revenues fall

storageWhile still worth $5.9 billion, external storage systems revenue fell by 1.4 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to IDC.

The market research company said a decline in high end systems was coupled with a drop in midrange storage sales too.

While EMC stayed in first place, its market share fell in the quarter from 31.2 percent the year before to 30.1 percent.  NetApp and IBM tied in second place but they also saw drops in their sale.

HP appears to have profited from their market share drop, as it moved to fourth place, while Dell and Hitachi tied for the fifth position.

Moving from external disk storage to the total storage market the top four vendors were EMC, HP, IBM and Dell.

Facial recognition market booms

Bhutan faces, courtesy Wikimedia CommonsA report said that the market for facial recognition is set to see 27.7 percent compount annual growth to 2018, when it will be worth around $6.5 billion.

The research from ReportsnReports.com said the market is segmented into various technologies including 2D, 3D, thermal imaging, “emotion” imaging and mobile.

And the forces driving the market are big spends by governments worlwide on biometric technology.

Companies big in the field include Afix Technologies, Fujitsu, Gemalto, Nextgen and many others. Other multinational corporations surveted include NEC, Qualcomm, Toshiba, Catchroom and Hitachi.

The research company claims that the facial recognition market has come into its own because of 3D technology, better imaging, better sofware and speedier analytics.

The market was worth $1.92 billion in 2013, the company estimates.

Fujitsu can’t afford channel journos

massageIt was very nice that Fujitsu Imaging Systems invited ChannelEye to attend its channel gig in Dubai on the 22nd May next.

We had to decline. We hadn’t realised FIS was short of a bob or three.

FIS tried to get ChannelEye on a flight that would go from Heathrow to Dubai overnight and a few hours on, us journalists  would have to report on its channel event.

Er, no. That is cruel and unusual punishment for any channel guy, whatever her or his age.

Fujitsu said it could only afford to put us channel hacks up in the hotel – that’s the Jumeirah Towers Hotel flying Etihad for one night.

The lovely PR rep said that the “arrangements were less than ideal”.  It would be “a case of arriving in the morning of the conference itself. However, the conference does not start until a bit later in the day, and given that you arrive quite early in the morning you would have some time to rest at the hotel before kicking off.”

He added that even PFU (Fujitsu) staff will be flying in on the morning of the conference, “from various European locations”.

We declined Fujitsu’s munificent offer. Hitachi is usually a lot kinder than Fujitsu.  Even HP is merciful.

External storage up despite PC downturn

hdd-hugeAlthough PC sales fell off a cliff last year, makers of external disk storage seem to have had a rather good year. According to IDC’s latest disk storage report, revenue increased 4.7 percent in 2012, with a 2.3 percent year-on-year increase in Q4.

Worldwide sales totalled $24.7 billion last year, and total disk capacity shipped during the year surpassed 20 exabytes, up 27 per cent over 2011.

“FICON attached array sales and network attached storage (NAS) both helped drive the factory revenue increase during the quarter as companies invested in storage required to support mainframe environments and to deal with the continued growth in unstructured data,” said Eric Sheppard, IDC storage research director.

The open networked disk storage market grew 2.6 percent year-on-year in Q4 to hi $5.7 billion in revenues. EMC maintained its lead with a 30.7 percent revenue share in Q4, trailed by IBM and NetApp with 15 per cent and 11.6 percent respectively. HP and Hitachi tied in fourth position with market shares of 9.3 and 8.8 percent respectively. However, HP and Hitachi were the only players in the top five to lose share in Q4 2012.

In the total worldwide disk storage systems market EMC reigned supreme with a 24 percent share, followed by IBM and HP, in a statistical tie for second spot with 16.2 and 16 percent respectively. Dell and Netapp ranked fourth and fifth.