Continuous Data Proliferation to Push Enterprises towards Cloud Storage Models, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Hybrid models plug the gaps in flash storage and hard disks

Jan 21, 2016, 01:10 ET from Frost & Sullivan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With the number of connected devices likely to reach 26 billion by 2020, the megatrend of Big Data is solidifying. The data boom in Asia-Pacific has placed the region among the fastest-growing markets for enterprise data storage in the world. Enterprises in Asia-Pacific are particularly turning to the increasingly affordable cloud computing storage solutions.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Enterprise Data Storage Market Insights (, expects the market to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 3.2 percent during the 2014-2018 period to reach revenues in excess of US$41.40 billion, from US$36.4 billion in 2014.

As the world is moving towards virtualised environments, vendors are making data storage systems easy to manage and scale, while also improving their interface and networking performance. The low cost, simplicity and ease of deployment of these data storage solutions under development will be a big draw for enterprises.

"Storage devices such as hard disks and flash storage have either performance issues or inadequate capacity," said Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Industry Analyst Sandeep Bazaz. "As both these storage systems have already established their footprint in the market, enterprises need to embrace hybrid models that offer them the performance of flash storage and the capacity of hard disks."

Many enterprises are considering hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI), a technology that combines storage, computing, network and virtualisation in a single hardware box. In particular, data centre companies are showing interest in HCI that is easy to manage and reduces total cost of ownership.

"Managers of data centres are drawn to HCI as it is easy to manage and install, highly scalable, provides the expected performance, offers easy licensing and pricing and reduces the total cost of ownership," noted Bazaz. "Other prominent next-generation technologies are shingled magnetic recording, two-dimensional magnetic recording, heat-assisted magnetic recording and Helium-filled hard disk drives."

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