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October 2017, Vol. 16, No. 8

Buyers of NAS arrays weigh price, scalability, performance

SANs may still be king of the modern data center, but NAS arrays account for a significant slice of the primary storage pie. And with most data growth coming from unstructured data, file storage is likely to increase. Today, a little more than a third of enterprises have at least one network-attached storage system installed, and 15% intend to buy a new one in the next 12 months, according to TechTarget Research. Those stats don't match SAN numbers -- with 67% data center penetration and 44% purchase intention. But interest in NAS arrays is far above other on-site primary storage options, such as unified arrays, converged infrastructure and hyper-converged systems. The estimated value of the global NAS market has appeared to remain steady over the last few years. A July 2017 MarketsandMarkets report, for example, estimated the global NAS market will grow at a compound annual rate of 20.1% to a very healthy $45.21 billion by 2023. Beige Market Intelligence gave a similar NAS forecast last year. NAS purchases by the numbers Our ...

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