Rising adoption of SAN-NAS to boost growth in the global enterprise NAS market through 2020

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Enterprise NAS: Key market research findings

  • The Americas dominate the market geographically
  • Large enterprises account for a majority of the market’s revenue
  • Key vendors – Buffalo Technology, Dell, EMC, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NetApp, NETGEAR, QNAP, Seagate, Synology, and Western Digital Technologies

Technavio’s market research analysts predict the global enterprise NAS market to grow at a CAGR of around 22% between 2016 and 2020. The demand for enterprise network attached storage (NAS) is augmented by the growing volume of unstructured data. Enterprise applications through PCs, mobile phones, and tablets generate huge volumes of information. Corporate data sources include data generated from enterprise applications along with newly generated cloud-based data and social network data. During 2015, the Americas dominated the global enterprise NAS market by accounting for around 48% of the overall market share. The presence of major cloud service providers (CSPs) coupled with the adoption of NAS systems by small enterprises in the region is expected to drive growth in the enterprise NAS market in the Americas during the forecast period.

The new market research report from Technavio presents a breakdown and analysis of the enterprise NAS segments based on the end-user.

“Recently, there has been a noticeable increase in the adoption of unified storage arrays. Vendors in the storage market are offering unified storage area network (SAN)-NAS solutions through which enterprises can merge block and file-based data onto a common array. Even though the SAN-NAS architecture is considered complex at present, it is expected to become more simplified for enterprises over the forecast period,” says Rakesh Panda, Lead Analyst, ICT, Technavio Research.

By 2020, the large enterprises segment is expected to account for more than 56% of the market share to continue its dominance over the global enterprise NAS market. A NAS device allows end-users to own an efficient and secure data storage device at a comparatively low cost. Large enterprises integrate NAS arrays in their data centers to ensure a collaborative working environment and gain market shares. With advances in the NAS market, block applications are increasingly being deployed on NAS systems.

The key vendors in the global enterprise NAS market include Buffalo Technology, Dell, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM, NetApp, NETGEAR, QNAP, Seagate, Synology, and Western Digital Technologies. The global enterprise NAS market is dominated by the mega data center operators. However, with the growing popularity of the ODM’s white-box storage units, the market revenue for the top players in the market will decrease. Furthermore, with the increasing adoption of unified storage arrays, the level of competition in this market will also increase. As a result, vendors have started offering innovative NAS storage systems equipped with flash or hybrid drives to gain a competitive edge over their peers.

A more detailed analysis is available in the Technavio report, Global Enterprise NAS Market 2016-2020.

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