This IDC study provides a map of short- and long-term opportunities, highlighting purchasing patterns and drivers by vertical market for external disk systems solutions. An analysis of spending for SAN, NAS, and external DAS solutions in Western Europe is provided for 11 vertical markets (discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, retail/wholesale, financial services, business services, transport, communications, utilities, government and education, healthcare, and other) over the 2011–2016 period. Forecast data is also provided to subscribers in pivot table format for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and the rest of Western Europe. Detailed analysis of trends and assumptions by vertical market in Western Europe, consistent with this study, can be found in IDC's Western European Vertical Markets, External Disk Systems Spending, 2011–2016 Forecast (November 2012).
"Communications is now forecast to be the fastest growing vertical in terms of external disk systems spending, with sustained growth in SAN and NAS, while companies in the sector will progressively move away from DAS. Infrastructure investments in this sector were less impacted by the recession," said Serena Da Rold, program manager, IDC European Vertical Views.