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This IDC study forms the consolidated taxonomy for several markets, including software-defined storage controller software, software-defined storage, file- and object-based storage, and server-based storage. This study specifically covers market background, taxonomy, and definitions for these markets.

"Software-defined storage products are driving an ever-increasing percentage of overall enterprise storage revenue," said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage at IDC. "Enterprises like the agility, flexibility, and economics of the software-defined model, and IDC expects that this segment will continue to drive double-digit revenue growth over the next five years."

"The growing unstructured data sets continue to push the boundaries of the file- and object-based storage solutions market, demanding better scalability, reliability, and performance at low cost," said Amita Potnis, research manager, File- and Object-Based Storage Solutions. "As enterprises grow beyond tens of petabytes, object storage will be a solution of choice, but the need for file-based storage will continue. IDC expects that the file-based storage market will transform itself to add new features and functionality to remain viable, while flash will play a bigger part in object-based storage solutions."



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