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Dec 2014 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # 253055

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2014 Vendor Assessment

Author: Ashish Nadkarni Program Director, Computing Platforms

This IDC study represents a vendor assessment model called the IDC MarketScape. This study is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that assess a vendor's current and future success in the said market or market segment and provide a measure of their ascendancy to become a leader or maintain a leadership. IDC MarketScape assessments are particularly helpful in emerging markets that are often fragmented, have several players, and lack clear leaders.

The (scale-out) OBS market subsegment, which is part of the file-and-OBS market, is an example of an emerging market. In this IDC MarketScape, IDC attempts to assess the capabilities and strategies of key vendors of OBS solutions. IDC expects that market forces such fierce competition and buyer demand will accelerate the metamorphosis of this market into a mature market with only a few dominant vendors. Open source–based stacks will create an additional dimension of complexity and challenges. In all likelihood, the only survivors in this market may be vendors with robust partner ecosystems and/or vendors with commercial variants of open source platforms.

"As businesses embark on a transformation to become data-driven entities, they will demand a data infrastructure that supports extreme scalability and flexible acquisition patterns and offer unprecedented economies of scale," said Ashish Nadkarni, research director in the IDC Storage Team. "OBS platforms hold the promise and the potential to assist buyers along this data-driven journey. Vendors offering OBS platforms with the most compelling value proposition will survive. Others will perish. This is a race to the finish."

For more details and clarification, please read IDC's clarification on this IDC MarketScape at

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