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Reclassifying File Storage — A New Approach for the Future of Digital Infrastructure

By: Eric BurgenerResearch Vice President, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group


This IDC Market Perspective is introducing a new scale-out file storage market segmentation. With most enterprises in the midst of digital transformation, next-generation applications are being deployed that are highlighting the real differences in scale-out file storage architectures. As a result, IDC will be moving from publishing a single IDC MarketScape type for scale-out file system to publishing at least two (and possibly more). This document explains the new file storage market segmentation and why this change is being made now. Vendors that play in this market may want to take note of these changes, which are being undertaken in response to the much larger sea change that is taking place in unstructured storage today.

"With the new demands being placed on file storage environments as part of digital transformation, it is instructive to say architecture matters," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. "IT organizations will need to match workload requirements to architectures more closely than ever before to achieve the best results from new file storage platform deployments, and vendors will need to adjust their marketing to cater to a savvier potential customer base going forward."



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