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This IDC study presents the usage of infrastructure hardware elements in different types of cloud environments in EMEA: on-premises private clouds, hosted private clouds, and public clouds. It includes historical data for cloud hardware spending in 2011-2013 and forecast data for 2014-2018. Hardware segments included are servers, external storage, datacenter networking gear, and security appliances. In addition to data and forecast assumptions, it puts forward a qualitative commentary on the three different types of cloud deployments and a section advising vendors on how to approach the market for cloud's building blocks."We estimate that $3.4 billion was spent on hardware in various sorts of cloud environments in EMEA in 2013, up 21% compared with 2012. This contrasts with a flat spending of $26.3 billion on overall infrastructure hardware in 2013 versus 2012," said Giorgio Nebuloni, research manager, IDC EMEA Enterprise Server Group. "The rise of cloud has triggered a revolution in the hardware market. While white-box vendors are likely to be the main benefiters from a surge in demand for public cloud, incumbent hardware players on the other side of the market invest heavily in offerings enabling private cloud such as integrated systems, high-end networks, and computer storage. We expect continued innovation to come from cloud, and the fight for market share to remain unabated in the coming months."