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Middle East Data Storage Market Poised to Rake in US$ 6,537.6 Mn by 2025

According to a new market report published by Future Market Insights, titled “Data Storage Market: Middle East Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2015 – 2025,” the Middle East data storage market was valued at US$ 1,475.9 Mn in 2014 and is expected to register a CAGR of 14.4% from 2015 to 2025. Growth of the Middle East data storage market is primarily driven by declining prices of consumer storage devices and advancements in information and social technology.

On the basis of application, the data storage market is segmented into consumer data storage devices and enterprise data storage. The consumer data storage segment is further sub-segmented into Hard Disk Drive (HDD), Solid State Devices (SSD), memory card, optical disk and USB flash drive. The enterprise data storage segment is further sub-segmented into flash storage and hard disk, cloud based storage, software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure. In the consumer data storage segment, the reduction in cost of Solid State Devices (SSD) is contributing immensely to the growth of the segment. The consumer data storage devices segment was valued US$ 275.5 Mn in 2014 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 12.4% during the forecast period 2015-2025. In terms of volume, the hard disk drive segment accounted for 1,533.0 thousand units in 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.1% during the forecast period. The enterprise data storage segment is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 14.8% during the forecast period in terms of revenue. Enterprise data storage is a common repository for business information, ensuring common data management and providing data recovery solutions. Strong growth witnessed in the cloud computing (due to increased spending on storage by service provider) is the primarily contributing to the growth of the enterprise data storage segment in the market.

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The cloud based storage sub-segment is expected to expand at the highest CAGR of 19.1% during the forecast period in terms value. Stability and flexibility offered by the enterprise storage, coupled with its lower cost, is the prime reason responsible for the robust adoption of cloud based storage across the globe. Cloud computing is a hassle-free and cost-effective data storage facility. Recently, in 2014, NetApp Inc. reported that its revenue from cloud computing service doubled from that in 2013. In addition, NetApp announced that, globally, over 200 cloud services were based on its technology. EMC Corporation is also aggressively targeting the cloud storage market in the region.

Surge in demand for smartphones and other IoT devices and rise in number of social media channels are among the major factors that have increased the need for additional storage facility, which in turn is further driving growth of the enterprise data storage segment. Increased adoption of cloud based storage in small and medium-sized business (SMBs) and in-house data centres is the primary factor responsible for driving growth of the market in the Levant region. Various verticals, including BFSI and telecommunication and IT, are investing highly on the IT platform for improving their ease of operation, as compared to the conventional storage platform.

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The data storage market in the GCC region is primarily driven by the emergence of Internet of everything (IoE) and Big Data. Rise in number of consumers on social media networks, increase in broadband Internet penetration and proliferation of smartphones are factors that have led to a significant increase in cloud and data center traffic in GCC countries such as UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Growth of the storage flash array sub-segment is a potential revenue opportunity in this market. Flash-based devices reduce data access time and increase an application’s performance speed. Data storage solutions vendors are expected to leverage huge benefits from the growing storage flash array sub-segment in view of the increasing demand for Solid-Sate Drives (SSD) and memory cards.

Leading players in the market are focusing on expanding their cloud offerings portfolio. For instance, Microsoft Corporation is investing significantly in cloud storage solutions by building additional data centres and increasing its cloud storage capacity in the existing regions. The company is also increasing its hybrid cloud offerings portfolio through Store Simple and In Mage (a hybrid online cloud storage service for enterprises). Additionally, EMC Corporation is focusing on offering hybrid services by partnering with hybrid cloud service providers around the world.

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Key players in the Middle East data storage market include IBM Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, VMware, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., NetApp Inc., Open Text Corp., Sandisk Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, EMC Corporation, and Nexenta Systems, Inc.

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American Megatrends Launches New StorTrends 3500i SSD Array for Flexible, High Performance Storage for the Enterprise

NORCROSS, GA, January 29, 2014 American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced the release of its StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, the first and only storage area network (SAN) to combine solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance. Optimized to support VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix and RHEV enterprises of all sizes, the StorTrends 3500i is available as a hybrid or full flash array and delivers dramatic enterprise performance and reliability at an extremely affordable price point.

We observed in our hands-on Technology Validation of the StorTrends 3500i array that AMI has crafted SSD into a mature, field-proven, and well-architected storage system. With a comprehensive set of storage features and an intriguingly flexible ability to integrate SSDs with the StorTrends cache and tiering architecture, the 3500i showed us that it is ready to deliver superb performance, extreme versatility, and serious value for mid-range storage customers, said Taneja Group Sr. Analyst Jeff Boles when asked about the report. The NetNet is there is no need to look for alternatives to make solid state more affordable and practical for the mainstream with the AMI StorTrends 3500i, it is clearly here.

The new StorTrends 3500i SSD Array features an embedded storage architecture, StorTrends iTX, to offer an all-inclusive set of features including SSD Caching, SSD Tiering, Automatically Tiered Volumes (ATV), Automated Data Tiering, and replication with WAN optimization. These features, together with the unique combination of SSD and HDD technology in a slim 3U configuration, deliver up to 56TB of raw storage capacity within the 3U and expansion capacity of up to 256TB. The SAN storage solution features hot-swappable dual controllers with Active/Active or Active/Passive high availability and redundant, hot-swappable power supply units.

To flexibly support SSD growth to match the dynamics of business, the StorTrends 3500i enables both SSD cache and SSD Tier upgrades. The scalable solution enables options to upgrade from 200GB SSD drives to 400GB, 800GB or 2000GB SSD drives without costly forklift upgrades. By running the free StorTrends iDATA tool, customers can easily identify how much flash is required to support their environment. The StorTrends iDATA tool analyzes capacity utilization, IOPS usage, reads vs. writes for volumes, network bandwidth, performance, server statistics and more to classify the amount of hot data and cold data required.

To help users maximize the value of the SSD technology, the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array combines caching and tiering on the SSD drives to provide the following benefits:
· Enhanced SSD Endurance by leveraging both cache and tier for writes and reads avoiding burning the cells of the SSD drives
· Sustained Latency Reduction from 10ms to sub-3ms for the hybrid configuration to sub-1ms for the all-flash configuration
· Automated Tiering allows for promoting critical data to higher performance SSDs, while demoting data between tiers during off-peak times to maintain SSD space utilization
· Auto Balance Volumes with ATV Technology on the SSD tier as data access trends change between hot and cold to effectively feed applications and databases that need higher performance
· Easy Growth Expansion for the SSD drives allowing for a simple upgrade path for cache and tier capacity growth avoiding forklift upgrades

When used in a virtual server environment, we have found the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array delivers superior performance, reliability and efficiency, end-to-end, said Jayesh Dave, CEO, Avision Technologies. It has helped us achieve new levels of management flexibility with a total ownership cost that is lower than we could have imagined. This efficient solution has also helped us to reduce energy consumption costs and because it integrates seamlessly with VMware Vsphere and Hyper-V we can deliver the flexible virtual server and virtual storage management options our customers both need and want.

The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array virtualizes SAN management via a web-based console to simplify SAN volume creation, expansion and deletion. Here, customers may manage datastores and VMs with ease and view overview data on the system’s capacity, health and many storage resource management charts.

Enterprises are demanding higher performance and availability to serve resource intensive applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure and heavy-transaction databases, and traditional disk arrays simply cannot meet the demand, said, Justin Bagby, Director of StorTrends Division at American Megatrends. That is why we have taken our years of RAID expertise and more than 100 technology patents to build the next generation of storage solutions. The StorTrends 3500i SSD Array is the culmination of our innovation strategy which truly harnesses the power and performance of SSD to revolutionize storage performance, agility and savings.

Available now, the StorTrends 3500i SSD Array has an MSRP starting at $ 34,999. StorTrends solutions are offered with the StorAID support program which includes 24 x 7 technical phone support and next business day onsite replacement. The StorAID Plus Support Program adds 4 Hour On-Site to the Standard StorAID program. For more information, please visit: StorTrends 3500i .

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StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state & local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today’s business environments by offering key network storage functionality such as unified storage, simplified management, business continuity, disaster recovery, high efficiency and virtualization support.

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On Data Storage, Drives: Hard Drives, USB Flash Drive, SSD

Everyday we sit on our computers and inevitably get ourselves entangled with some problems that we often try to solve ourselves. Anyhow, we would usually know when something’s gone bad with our computers. Somehow we would gradually notice some changes on our computer’s performance. For instance, when our PCs would frequently experience problems with booting or when they would freeze quite a lot of times than before, then it is time to get them checked so we can prevent a crash.

We actually need more than just luck to get everything all in one piece. Our files on our hard drives, no matter how personal they are, they do have a lot of value to us. For this reason, we shouldn’t wait for these files to get corrupted before we would take some measures.

Indeed, when hard drive crashes, we are bound to lose our files in it (articles, photographs, music, videos, etc.). That is really a terrible ordeal for most of us who cherish and value our personal and sometimes work related files.

Some of us don’t really see all these things coming until they watch these things happening straight in their face. Now if we don’t want to watch ourselves in the biggest dismay when we lose those files, we have to realize that these things really do happen especially to the unprepared.

Indeed, the key is to be really prepared for the worst. To be really prepared means to anticipate that we may no longer be able to restore our files back after a crash. This fact should move us to do something so we can still have some access on our files. In our own little way, it should help us if we would do some file back-up.

There may be things like data recovery software that would eventually give us the chance to still restore our files after a crash but it’s better to end up not doing this at all. For those of us who have lost important data, we already know that it is not a happy experience at all. In our own little way, we can help ensure we still have copies of our data by keeping some back-up via an external hard drive. Saving copies of those files on to a USB flash drive is also a practical idea. Let’s do that for data storage’s sake.

Some people would also consider having their PCs or laptops running on a solid state drive (SSD) because they say it’s great for data storage and performs way better than a hard disk drive. While this may be true, what would probably make people want to get stuck with their hard disk drives is the fact that it would cost them a lot to choose SSD for an upgrade or replacement. If we can afford such an SSD upgrade, why not go for it?

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Apple data storage and recovery

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Apple computers and tablets include iMac, MacBook, Mac mini, iPhone, iPad and other popular products. In this article I will talk about data recovery from all these products when they fail.

Apple computers and tablets are getting popular now. According to my personal opinion, more than 20 percent of the market now consists of Apple desktop computers called Mac, MacBooks, iPhones and iPads. These machines use traditional and new types of hard drive storages including internal and external. In internal they use traditional hard drives (drives with moving parts inside) and flash media. Data storage is one of the most important factors in personal and business use. In fact Mac computers are being used equally in business and for personal use. Businesses use them as servers and stand alone work stations in addition to vast use of Apple tablets by business executives. Talking of personal use, there is a huge end user market for Apple products (the most popular are MacBooks, iPhones, iPads etc.). They are in use in educational institutions, non-profit organizations, Airports, Defense departments, Hotels and other private and government areas.

Apple computers and laptops uses two kinds of storage media, a regular SATA or IDE drive and solid state drives. This is a fact that Apple MacBooks are well built and physically strong machines. So most of the time users think that nothing will happen in case of minor physical damage (which is true for the over all body of these MacBooks) but in case if these machines have traditional hard drives that use heads and platter then chances are the drive may receive a fair amount of damage making is hard for the machine to read it. The situation gets worse and worse when the same sick drive spins with every single use. On the other hand if the iMac or MacBook has an SSD known as solid state drive then physical damage wont do anything but as SSD drives are based on the same logic as the traditional drives are built, the data corruption is always possible. Other common problems still exists for example accidental format of the media, accidental overwrite issues, normal file damage etc.

So what happens if the drive fails? The best strategy is to backup data to an external hard drive. This way, two copies of the data will be available locally. Online backup has emerged as a replacement of local backup but it has a lot of drawbacks. If the Internet drops for sometime or if the online backup is not accessible then it becomes a huge problem. Also online backup is risky in the sense that when a user signs up for online agreement, the agreement clearly says that “in case of accidental data loss the online service will not be responsible”. This makes online backup a dangerous activity. Also a majority of computer users do not want to share their private data with online world. So what happens if there was no backup and the data was crucial? Data recovery becomes the next option. Apple computers are very good and reliable products but hard drives are from third parties which can fails anyways. In case of data loss, data recovery can be performed. There are two ways to do it. One is a logical data recovery that is done when a media is damaged as a result of file corruption. It is advised to use the software recovery very carefully as some software write to the media which will make the recovery impossible. The next stage is the hardware recovery which can be performed in clean rooms by professionals. In hardware recoveries, two techniques are used, by repairing drives using working parts and by using professional data recovery tools or machines.

In this article, I discussed about storage media used in Apple computers, Laptops, tablets and iPhones and different ways of dealing with the data if it is lost.

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