TECH BUYER Apr 2022 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # US49015322

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Distributed Scale-Out File System 2022 Vendor Assessment


Eric Burgener

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 relevant market or market segment and provide a measure of the vendor's ability to become a leader or maintain leadership.

The distributed scale-out file system market segment, which is part of the file-based storage market, is an example of a large, maturing market that is still exhibiting low double–digit growth. This document assesses the capabilities and strategies of key vendors of scale-out file-based platforms. While seven of the assessed vendors have distributed scale-out file system designs, one of the vendors (NetApp) actually uses a scale-up cluster design but still meets the inclusion criteria of this vendor assessment study.

"While all evaluated vendors tout the performance, scalability, and ease of use of their file-based storage offerings, a closer look reveals important distinctions in how vendors define these metrics and build their products to achieve them," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. "To select the right product, enterprises need to understand the architectural differences between the different vendor approaches, understand the implications of those choices for their workloads, and then choose the product which best fits their requirements."



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