Data Access Methods Becoming More Important in Segmenting Evolving Markets

Data Access Methods Becoming More Important in Segmenting Evolving Markets

This IDC Perspective examines how data access methods are becoming more important in segmenting evolving markets. IDC introduced a new market segmentation approach in the file storage market in 2021 that used data organization (file) and architecture to differentiate between four types of file system products. That taxonomy is still accurate, but there are developments in the unstructured data storage market that may result in an evolution of this approach to emphasize access methods in common usage and workload targets more in our future taxonomies. The fact that vendors across the unstructured data storage spectrum, including both file- and object-based storage, are increasingly competing for similar workloads in the enterprise is a primary factor driving this change in perspective."The unstructured data storage markets are going through significant evolution as enterprises go through digital transformation and modernize their IT infrastructure," said Eric Burgener, research vice president, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group, IDC. "Regardless of how IDC segments markets for revenue tracking and forecasting, customers should stay focused on workload requirements when selecting storage systems for production use."

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