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Purchase of NAS arrays driven by need for capacity, desire to expand
This article is part of the Storage issue of April 2017, Vol. 16, No. 2
Cloud storage may be hot, but good old NAS arrays -- stand-alone and hybrid deployments -- are more than holding their own in today's data center. Beige Market Intelligence forecast, for example, that the global NAS market will grow to $44 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate of about 24% annually. A healthy, if not thriving, market if ever there was one. A number of factors are leading organizations to buy new NAS arrays. According to our surveys, more than half of respondents are looking to improve the performance of existing applications with a NAS upgrade, followed by about 40% whose main aim is to replace aging hardware. Other important factors include adding new storage systems to better support virtual servers and specific applications, a backup target, an additional tier to their storage environment, gain access to advanced storage management features and for deploying mass storage for branch/remote offices. Of course, the top factor they are considering when evaluating NAS vendors is price (80%) followed by...
Features in this issue
Cloud is popular among data storage priorities for primary and backup storage, while most say they will use flash in primary data storage.
As unstructured data continues to lead storage growth, businesses are opting for scale-out NAS arrays to handle current and future capacity.
Storage smartens up to keep pace with data-intensive business applications embedding operational analytics capabilities.
Columns in this issue
Once considered a necessary evil, secondary storage systems are now providing much more than just backup protection.
The next chapter written in the book of computer science should be all about management of copy data, the core function of IT.
Scale-out software-defined storage is on the rise to the detriment and decline of traditional storage products and arrays.