This IDC Presentation provides insights into end-user sentiments on the use of enterprise storage in support of Internet of Things (IoT) projects. These insights were collected as part of IDC's Storage User Demand Study Survey fielded in multiple countries in September 2017. The IDC Presentation also includes additional storage-related details than those published in our IoT IT infrastructure forecast (see Worldwide Internet of Things Infrastructure Forecast, 2017–2021, IDC #US42999017, August 2017).
"Although not a cornerstone of current developments in the Internet of Things market, storage is still an important player in the game," says Natalya Yezhkova, research director, Storage. "By end of the day, IoT is about data and actionable analysis of the data, and whenever people or machines deal with data there should be storage. Enablement of the intelligent edge, integration of data streams from multiple sources, and management of information across multiple environments will be an inevitable challenge for users and vendors to solve as IoT becomes an essential part of business processes."