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Worldwide Software-Defined Storage Forecast, 2017–2021: SDS Market Growth Significantly Outpaces Enterprise Storage Growth, Led by HCI

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."


IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Drivers
IT Infrastructure Evolution
Big Data Analytics
Convergence
Inhibitors
SDS Maturity
Large-Scale Web Infrastructures
Significant Market Developments
Established Storage Providers Are Now Highly Committed to HCI
Key SDS Benefits Resonate with Digital Transformation Requirements
Leveraging the Cloud Has Become a Mainstream Practice
Data Is Becoming Increasingly Unstructured
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Methodology
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