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May 2017, Vol. 16, No. 3

Scalability drives SAN market growth

We've seen how NAS arrays are holding their own against the combined onslaught of cloud storage and scale-out data centers. Similarly, according to our survey results, storage area networks continue to dominate over much touted unstructured data storage and management products encroaching in on their space in the market. For example, in a January 2017 report, industry intelligence and consulting firm Future Market Insights predicted the global SAN market would grow in value modestly but steadily from about $16.08 billion in 2016 to more than $22 billion by 2026. Tried and true Nearly 70% of respondents in our surveys have installed SANs to handle their primary storage needs, more than twice the number with file-based network-attached storage devices. Forget about unified arrays, converged infrastructure and hyper-converged storage systems. All three of those barely break double digits. Among enterprises that have bought primary storage within the last three months, purchases in the SAN market double NAS buys. Still, unified ...

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