This IDC study examines the IDC file-based storage (FBS) landscape from the lens of a namespace. The changing consumption patterns of file-based storage driven by social, mobile, cloud, and big data are forcing a fundamental shift in file-based storage solutions. Storage vendors are retooling these solutions to handle structured, unstructured, and semistructured data sprawl. File-based solutions are becoming object aware, allowing data access via newer interfaces such as HTTP/REST and gaining data management capabilities that were not found in their predecessors. "It is hard to imagine a future for file-based storage solutions without federated namespace functionality that provides asset-independent referral, transparent data mobility, and seamless data management," says Ashish Nadkarni, research director, Storage Systems, IDC.
Permabit Technology Corporation, Dell Inc., EMC Corporation, Oracle Corporation, IBM, Hitachi, Ltd., NetApp, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Cisco Systems, Inc., F5 Networks, Inc., Brocade Communications Systems, Microsoft Corporation
Disk storage, File system software, General-purpose disk storage, Network-attached storage, Networks, Operating systems and subsystems, Parallel and distributed file systems, Scalable hardware, Scale-out file systems, Storage, Storage, Storage Services, Storage systems, Tape storage, Virtualization