TECH BUYER Dec 2019 - IDC MarketScape - Doc # US45355019

IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Scale-Out File-Based Storage 2019 Vendor Assessment

By: Amita PotnisResearch Director, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group

Abstract

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 FBS market subsegment, which is part of the file and FBS market, is an example of a maturing and expanding market. In this IDC MarketScape, IDC attempts to assess the capabilities and strategies of key vendors of scale-out FBS 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 a few dominant vendors and some disruptive start-ups.

"A new digitized world demands an infrastructure that is extremely scalable and flexible in terms of delivery models and supports new high-performant uses cases such as analytics and content delivery," said Amita Potnis, research manager in IDC's Storage team. "FBS platforms hold the promise and the potential to support end users along this path of digitization. In this competitive market, vendors offering FBS platforms with the most compelling value proposition via a long-term strategy, research and development plan, and flexible delivery models will survive."


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