File-based, Object Storage Market to Hit $23B in 2013: IDC
IDC says the continued sharp increase in overall enterprise storage systems sales can be traced directly to a shift to FOBS from conventional storage.The escalating amount of data pouring into file-based and object-based storage arrays is forcing enterprises to rethink their storage-buying strategies. New industry numbers from researcher IDC released Aug. 7 bear this out. The worldwide file- and object-based storage market--known within the business as FOBS--continues to gain momentum, with revenues to exceed $23 billion in 2013 and forecast to reach a whopping $38 billion in 2017. IDC contends that the continued sharp increase in overall enterprise storage systems sales can be traced directly to a shift to FOBS from conventional storage. "The future of storage is software based," IDC Storage Systems Research Director Ashish Nadkarni said. "FOBS solutions are much more versatile and will quickly outpace more rigid, hardware-based options."
Scale-up solutions, including unitary file servers and scale-up appliances and gateways, will fall on hard times throughout the forecast period, Nadkarni said, and will experience only sluggish growth through 2016 before beginning to decline in 2017.