This IDC study represents a vendor assessment model called the IDC MarketScape. This study is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics that assess a vendor's current and future success in the said market or market segment and provide a measure of the vendor's ascendancy to become a leader or maintain leadership. IDC MarketScape assessments are particularly helpful in emerging markets that are often fragmented, have several players, and lack clear leaders.
The (scale-out) OBS market subsegment, which is part of the file and OBS market, is an example of an emerging market. In this IDC MarketScape, IDC attempts to assess the capabilities and strategies of key vendors of OBS solutions. IDC expects that market forces such as fierce competition and buyer demand will accelerate the metamorphosis of this market into a mature market with only a few dominant vendors. Open source–based stacks will create an additional dimension of complexity and challenges. In all likelihood, the only survivors in this market may be vendors with robust partner ecosystems and/or vendors with commercial variants of open source platforms.
"A new digitized world demands an infrastructure that is extremely scalable and flexible in terms of delivery models and also payment options, with strong vendor strategic and research vision from the vendor side along with unprecedented economies of scale," said Amita Potnis, research manager in IDC's Storage team. "OBS platforms hold the promise and the potential to support end users along this path of digitization. In this competitive market, vendors offering OBS platforms with the most compelling value proposition via a long-term strategy, research and development plan, and flexible delivery models will survive."
DataDirect Networks, Inc., Dell Inc., Hitachi, Ltd., Western Digital Corporation, Exablox, Inc., IBM, Red Hat, Inc., NetApp, Inc., CARINGO, INC., SwiftStack, Inc., CLOUDIAN, INC., EMC Corporation, Scality, Inc.