Coldago Research Identifies File Storage Market Leaders

eWEEK STORAGE MARKET NEWS: Thirty-one vendors were listed and studied, revealing seven leaders: Dell, DDN, IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage, Qumulo and VAST Data.


Coldago Research, an alternative independent market research and analysis firm, has released the 2020 edition of its Map for File Storage—a high-level overview and evaluation of the data storage market. This is parallel to what Gartner Research publishes in its Magic Quadrant series.

​This report analyzes the market and its key players since the previous edition 12 months ago. It features 31 vendors, with few changes since the 2019 edition. The Map highlights HPC (high-performance computing) file storage vendors to compare companies, not products. It’s organized into four categories—Leaders, Challengers, Specialists and Niches—and based on criteria that include sales and other marketing statistics.

[To see a larger version of the Map, right-click on the image at the top and select "View Image."]

The enterprise category refers to the upper- mid-market segment up to large corporations with significant data centers—including multiple data centers—coupled with remote offices. By HPC, Coldago refers to technical and scientific environments that incrementally but significantly penetrate the enterprise.

The 31 top players are: Atos, CTera Networks, DDN, Dell Technologies, Fujitsu, Hammerspace, Hitachi Vantara, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nasuni, NEC, NetApp, Oracle, Panasas, Panzura, Pure Storage, Oracle, Quantum, Qumulo, Quobyte, SoftIron, StorageCraft, SUSE, ThinkParQ, VAST Data, Veritas Technologies and WekaIO. 

“We studied 31 players in multiple dimensions and built different lists,” said Philippe Nicolas, analyst at Coldago Research. ”We selected seven leaders: Dell EMC, DDN, IBM, NetApp, Pure Storage, Qumulo and VAST Data and detect four ‘BlitzScalers’ (potential disruptors of the leaders)—Pure Storage, Qumulo, VAST Data and WekaIO—with very interesting trajectories.”

In addition, the report also establishes a list of vendors to watch: Cohesity, Hammerspace, Nasuni, Pure Storage, Quantum, Qumulo, Quobyte, VAST Data and WekaIO.

This study covers market trends and future directions, and (re)introduces various conventions and definitions about different approaches.

​More details are available on the specific report page here.