Networked storage capacity in the F1000 will grow a projected 24 percent this year.
new study points toward significant growth in the storage industry and outlines
the key market factors and main players driving that growth.
study, released by TheInfoPro, a division of analyst and data company The 451
Group, is completed biannually and is based on hourlong interviews with storage
professionals and primary decision-makers at large and midsize enterprises in
storage capacity in the F1000 will grow a projected 24 percent this year, with
44 percent of organizations expecting to increase spending and 31 percent
anticipating stable spending. The spending projections nearly mirror what was
captured for 2010. The study suggests that 2011 will be a year of strong
competition for unified storage leadership. Currently, EMC is the lead vendor
for Fibre Channel storage, while NetApp is the lead vendor for NAS (network-attached
storage market continues to be the best performing-from a spending perspective-of
all the IT sectors we cover with our voice-of-the-customer research
methodology," said Ken Male, managing director and founder of TheInfoPro.
"We have been studying the storage market since 2002, and saw in our
latest biannual study that storage expansion is being driven by new application
growth-this is an excellent proxy for the health of the companies we interview
because it shows that business units are making bets on new projects."
tiering is creating a reason to refresh array technology, which benefits SSD (solid-state
disk), the report noted. Both technologies score high in TIP's proprietary
Technology Heat Index, which gauges net new implementations by the F1000,
detailing the vendors poised to benefit. The report also found the appliance
model is gaining interest-it's not yet a trend, but there is increasing
discussion of Oracle Exadata, VCE Vblock and other appliances. Additionally,
the report noted HP's 3PAR acquisition created excitement, but is not yet
translating to increased spending, while SAN is beating NAS for server
virtualization capacity and less than one in 10 organizations have plans to use
external cloud storage even for lower tiers, including archiving.
report found virtual server protection choices may threaten traditional backup
software solutions. Rather than traditional methods used to protect physical
servers, half of the respondents are using snapshots and replication at the
storage level. With this in place, those using backup for protection, rather
than archiving, can switch or perhaps remove the traditional backup vendors,
knowing they have an alternative protection.
virtualization transformed storage architectures, and cloud computing is having
the same impact," said Marco Coulter, TheInfoPro's research director of
storage. "In this study, we focused on both of these themes, identifying
the selection criteria used and the vendors meeting expectations. While all the
M&A in 2010 might stifle innovation, the cloud alternatives out there are
energizing storage professionals to be creative in delivering services."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.