Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker
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IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker® greatly enhances clients' ability to quickly and effectively respond to today's dynamic storage market. Understanding which global markets and segments are growing and knowing the quarterly adoption curve for new products have become business-critical needs for enterprise storage vendors, supply chain partners, and the financial community. This product provides insight into customer trends by delivering geography-specific vendor and product-line detail across all storage segments. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker presents market data in an easy-to-use, interactive format, allowing clients to easily view specific submarkets in customizable layouts.

Technology Coverage

This tracker provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas. Measurements for this tracker are in vendor revenue, value, units, and terabytes.

Core Coverage

  • Vendor, product brand, and model name
  • Product category: External RAID, compute intensive, storage intensive, and storage expansion
  • Topology: Direct, mainframe networked, and open networked
  • Installation: DAS, ESCON/FICON, NAS, and SAN
  • Protocol: DAS, ESCON/FICON, Fibre Channel Protocol, Fibre Channel over Ethernet, InfiniBand, iSCSI, NAS, and switched SAS
  • Data organization: Block, file, and object
  • Additional tech splits: Price band, storage class, object-based storage, and scalability
  • Storage array type (available only in value, delivered in a separate pivot table)
  • Media type (available only in terabytes, delivered in a separate pivot table)
  • Five-year forecast by product category, topology, installation, data access, data organization, and storage class in terabytes and value

Optional Content Add-Ons

  • External storage by segments: Education, government, very large business (1,000+ employees), large business (500–999 employees), medium-sized business (100–499 employees), and small business (1–99 employees)
  • External storage by channels: Direct and indirect
  • External storage add-ons (available only by vendor, topology, installation, and protocol in units, terabytes, and value)

Geographic Scope

  • Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (available by 14 countries)
  • Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe (available by 13 countries)
  • Japan
  • Latin America (available by 12 countries)
  • Middle East and Africa (available by 19 countries)
  • United States
  • Western Europe (available by 16 countries)


This tracker is delivered on a quarterly basis via the Web-based query tool. Deliverables for this tracker are listed below. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative.

  • Quarterly data:
  • Historical data
  • Five-year forecast data (eight quarters and three years)
  • Excel pivot table
  • Query tool

IDC's Tracker Methodology

IDC's tracker data is developed using a rigorous methodology that includes well-planned and well-coordinated local, regional, and worldwide data cross-checks combined with a proprietary advanced data consolidation and analysis data platform managed by IDC's Worldwide Tracker organization. Data sources used in the process of determining IDC's tracker numbers include, but are not limited to:

  • In-country local vendor interviews
  • Distribution data feeds
  • Worldwide and regional vendor guidance
  • ODM data
  • In-country local channel partner discussions
  • Import records
  • Feedback from component suppliers
  • Vendor briefings and public financial reports

Meet the Experts More
Amita Potnis
Research Manager
Jingwen Li
Senior Research Analyst, Storage
Lidice Fernandez
Program Vice President, Worldwide Tracker Research
Liz Conner
Research Manager, PBBA, PELS, and Storage in the Cloud