Storage Software

An IDC Continuous Intelligence Service

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Storage software has become the pivotal element in allowing customers to gain maximum utilization from their complex storage environments. As the scale and complexity of networked storage environments continue to grow, customers depend on storage software to let them manage these environments as integrated, virtualized "pools" of storage capacity. Storage software also enables ongoing key functions such as backup and recovery, replication, and file system management. IDC's Storage Software service identifies and analyzes the opportunities, technologies, and trends that are reshaping the storage software market and continue to drive its growth. This service provides the market intelligence necessary to help product, marketing, and strategic planning professionals create successful business strategies. Subscribers to this service receive direct access to IDC's top industry experts, who can supply competitive analysis and positioning advice, identify strategic partnering opportunities, assist with speaking to the investment community, provide press quotes, and more.

Markets Covered

This service covers the following segments of the storage software market:

  • Backup and archive software
  • Storage resource management software
  • Storage replication software
  • File system software

Subjects Analyzed

Throughout the year, this service will address the following topics:

  • Storage software suppliers and strategies
  • Policy-based management and automated provisioning as elements of a storage management strategy
  • Technologies for continuous data protection and uninterrupted information access
    Convergence of storage and systems management software
  • Emerging standards and their effect on storage software products and vendor strategies
    The impact of partnerships, alliances, mergers, and acquisitions

Key Questions Answered

Our research addresses the following issues that are critical to your success:

  1. How has the mainstream adoption of storage networking changed the requirements for storage software?
  2. What changes are required in storage software to effectively manage emerging tiered storage environments?
  3. How do data life-cycle and information life-cycle management differ, and what role does storage software play in each?
  4. Which platforms and technologies represent the largest market opportunities for storage software?
  5. Will integration with enterprise applications deliver simplified or enhanced storage management?
  6. What role do data replication and snapshot technologies play in data protection and performance management?
Storage Software Market Coverage

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Companies Analyzed

IDC's Storage Software service analyzes the strategies, market positions, and future directions of major vendors in the storage software market. A representative list of these vendors may include:

Adaptec, Avanade, Bakbone, Brocade Communications Systems, Cisco Systems Corp., Computer Associates, CreekPath Systems, Crosswalk, Dell, EMC, FalconStor, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Iron Mountain, LSI Logic, Microsoft, MTI Technology, NEC, NetEx, Network Appliance, NSI Software, Revivio, SGI, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, Symantec Corp., VERITAS Software, and Yosemite Technologies.

Research Agenda

Throughout the year, this service will offer insight into the latest trends impacting the market. Potential studies include:

Worldwide Backup and Archive Software Forecast and Analysis with Vendor Shares
This document provides vendor market shares and a five-year market forecast and analysis for software used for backing up and archiving files and data.

Worldwide Storage Resource Management Software Forecast and Analysis with Vendor Shares
This document provides vendor market shares and a five-year market forecast and analysis for tools that manage storage devices, resources, capacity, and automation.

Worldwide Storage Replication Software Forecast and Analysis with Vendor Shares
This document provides vendor market shares and a five-year market forecast and analysis for software that provides storage replication and snapshot capabilities at the file and data levels.

Vendor Profiles
These documents discuss key companies that introduce change and innovation to the storage software markets as new products and technologies appear.

Case Studies
These documents describe end-user implementations of storage software strategies, challenges encountered, and actual results achieved.

Demand-Side Viewpoints
These documents discuss end-user practices, attitudes, and needs regarding storage management based on IDC's demand-side surveys.

A Complete Intelligence Solution

IDC offers a complete market intelligence solution customized to meet your business requirements. The array of products and services available to you includes:

  • The opportunity to have your specific questions answered through personal interaction with industry experts who cover the topics and markets in your service
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  • A view of the market's future with 12 months of continuous intelligence about its direction and the reasons behind it, along with actionable advice for taking advantage of existing and emerging opportunities
  • Special client discount pricing on purchases of research from other services
  • Complimentary admission to IDC's annual Directions conference, where you'll hear our latest forecasts and network with IDC analysts and other industry professionals
  • Complimentary invitations to monthly executive telebriefings, interactive forums designed to provide you with insights about research and strategies directly from IDC analysts

To find out how our flexible packaging options can meet your specific business needs, please contact your IDC sales executive.

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Our steady growth over the past 10 years reflects our commitment to investing in our customers.

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