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Sep 2017 - Market Forecast - Doc # US43062517

Worldwide Software-Defined Storage Forecast, 2017–2021: SDS Market Growth Significantly Outpaces Enterprise Storage Growth, Led by HCI

By: Eric BurgenerResearch Vice President, Storage, Ritu JyotiProgram Vice President, Artificial Intelligence Strategies, Amita PotnisResearch Manager, Eric SheppardResearch Vice President, Server and Storage Infrastructure, Natalya YezhkovaResearch Director, Storage Systems


This IDC study provides a forecast by revenue and capacity for the worldwide SDS market. The forecast data focus on end-user consumption of four categories of SDS solutions — block, file, object, and HCI — which cover cumulative shipments of solutions sold to customers by storage system suppliers and ISVs. The HCI subsegment includes a combination of block, file, and object-based storage platforms, depending on vendor implementation. For each of these categories, IDC has estimated value (end-user spend) as well as capacity shipped.

"For IT organizations undergoing digital transformation, SDS provides a good match for the capabilities needed — flexible IT agility; easier, more intuitive administration driven by the characteristics of autonomous storage management; and lower capital costs due to the use of commodity and off-the-shelf hardware," said Eric Burgener, research director for Storage. "As these features appear more on buyers' list of purchase criteria, enterprise storage revenue will continue to shift toward SDS."



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