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Worldwide External Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2016–2020: AFA Market Still Continues to Significantly Outpace Overall Enterprise Storage Growth

Worldwide External Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2016–2020: AFA Market Still Continues to Significantly Outpace Overall Enterprise Storage Growth

This IDC study provides an updated five-year revenue forecast for the AFA and HFA markets, superseding the prior published forecast (see Worldwide and U.S. Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast Update, 2015–2019, IDC #US40560715, November 2015). IDC has recently updated its AFA taxonomy, and this study builds upon that new definition. Insights into the AFA and HFA segments are provided along with the new 2016–2020 market forecast."Revenue growth in the AFA space has continued to outperform expectations as customers are rapidly transitioning from legacy to flash-optimized storage architectures," said Eric Burgener, research director for Storage. "More than 80% of IT organizations believe that the 'all flash for primary storage' strategy is right for their environments and will be moving more workloads to all-flash storage platforms over time. IDC expects that by 2020, AFAs will drive more than 70% of all primary storage spend."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
Continued Decreases in Enterprise Flash Storage Costs
Further Improvements in AFA Capabilities
Increased Vendor Focus on AFAs
Inhibitors
Cost of Competing Technologies
Overall Course of the External Enterprise Storage Systems Market
Significant Market Developments
Emerging Memory Technologies
Changes from Prior Forecast
AFA Adjustments in Context of the Overall External Enterprise Storage Systems Market
Market Definition
Taxonomy
All-Flash Arrays
Hybrid Flash Arrays
Software
Methodology
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