This IDC study, presents the Japan storage software market's revenue performance in 1H10, as well as forecasts from 2011 to 2015. IDC classifies the storage software market into the following seven functional markets and provides an analysis of each functional market: data protection and recovery software, storage replication software, archive software, storage and device management software, storage infrastructure software, file system software, and other storage software. It also analyzes the market size and trends by OS type: mainframe, Unix, Windows, and Linux.
"There are various factors contributing to increased demand for storage software, such as review of data protection/business continuity prompted by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, virtualization development of IT infrastructure, and improvement in corporate data management influenced by the attention on big data. On the other hand, due to increased corporate acquisition in the storage industry and intensified competition from a few leading vendors, optional functions that were previously sold separately are being bundled as a standard package with storage software. The time has come for vendors to make a decision on whether to pursue profits through storage software or give priority to strengthen their competitiveness in storage systems sales. Since individual storage software function is approaching a horizontal phase, vendor competitiveness is strongly influenced not only by product functions but also by how well they build a mutually beneficial relationship with sales partners, service providers, and users," says Yasusuke Suzuki, research manager, Storage Systems, IDC Japan.
Japan Storage Software 2011–2015 Forecast and First-Half 2011 Analysis
February 15, 2012
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