Worldwide Software-Defined Storage Forecast, 2017–2021: SDS Market Growth Significantly Outpaces Enterprise Storage Growth, Led by HCI
This IDC study provides a forecast by revenue and capacity for the worldwide SDS market. The forecast data focus on end-user consumption of four categories of SDS solutions — block, file, object, and HCI — which cover cumulative shipments of solutions sold to customers by storage system suppliers and ISVs. The HCI subsegment includes a combination of block, file, and object-based storage platforms, depending on vendor implementation. For each of these categories, IDC has estimated value (end-user spend) as well as capacity shipped. "For IT organizations undergoing digital transformation, SDS provides a good match for the capabilities needed — flexible IT agility; easier, more intuitive administration driven by the characteristics of autonomous storage management; and lower capital costs due to the use of commodity and off-the-shelf hardware," said Eric Burgener, research director for Storage. "As these features appear more on buyers' list of purchase criteria, enterprise storage revenue will continue to shift toward SDS."