Disk storage systems shipments to double every two years

By 2012, spending will pass the $34 billion mark and , capacity-optimised storage will account for more than half of the market

The emergence of more content-centric businesses will boost considerably the overall demand for storage systems according to new data released by IDC.

The study, ‘Worldwide Disk Storage Systems 2008–2012 Forecast: Content-Centric Customers — Reshaping Market Demand’ forecasts the worldwide disk storage systems market for 2008–2012 and predicts that from 2007 to 2012 worldwide disk storage systems capacity shipments will continue to more than double every two years, growing at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 53%.

IDC adds that in 2012, spending will pass the $34 billion mark and that from a spending and terabyte shipment perspectives, capacity-optimised storage will account for more than half of the market in 2012.

Past market drivers, such as the digitalisation of content, disk-based data protection, and long-term data retention, should continue to make positive contributions to storage capacity growth, but the research firm sees multiple business trends and new technologies forcing a restructuring of systems and the industry over the next five years. In particular the focus for organisations will increasingly be based on boosting storage utilisation levels through new technologies such as thin provisioning and data deduplication.

However IDC warns that one of the most critical challenges for the storage industry over the next several years will be to gauge the impact of new network-centric and content-centric datacenters on more traditional customers. It says that as more organisations begin to create and archive large pools of file-based content, many will want solutions that have similar features/functions/price points to those being delivered to leading content depots.

“New enterprise datacentre designs based on the principles of massive consolidation, extensive virtualisation, and unified connectivity will drive new storage systems designs, including greater use of tier-zero storage leveraging solid state drives. The most important new force is the emergence of content-rich business applications in areas such as telecommunications, media/entertainment, and Web 2.0," explained Natalya Yezhkova, research manager for storage systems at IDC.

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