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2016 Review Shows $148 billion Cloud Market Growing at 25% Annually

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  New data from Synergy Research Group shows that across six key cloud services and infrastructure market segments, operator and vendor revenues for the four quarters ending September 2016 reached $148 billion, having grown by 25% on an annualized basis. IaaS & PaaS services had the highest growth rate at 53%, followed by hosted private cloud infrastructure services at 35% and enterprise SaaS at 34%. 2016 was notable as the year in which spend on cloud services overtook spend on cloud infrastructure hardware and software. In aggregate cloud service markets are now growing three times more quickly than cloud infrastructure hardware and software. Companies that featured the most prominently among the 2016 market segment leaders were Amazon/AWS, Microsoft, HPE, Cisco, IBM, Salesforce and Dell EMC.

Over the period Q4 2015 to Q3 2016 total spend on hardware and software to build cloud infrastructure exceeded $65 billion, with spend on private clouds accounting for over half of the total but spend on public cloud growing much more rapidly. Investments in infrastructure by cloud service providers helped them to generate almost $30 billion in revenues from cloud infrastructure services (IaaS, PaaS, hosted private cloud services) and over $40 billion from enterprise SaaS, in addition to supporting internet services such as search, social networking, email and e-commerce. UCaaS, while in many ways a different type of market, is also growing steadily and driving some radical changes in business communications.

“We tagged 2015 as the year when cloud became mainstream and I’d say that 2016 is the year that cloud started to dominate many IT market segments,” said Synergy Research Group’s founder and Chief Analyst Jeremy Duke. “Major barriers to cloud adoption are now almost a thing of the past, especially on the public cloud side. Cloud technologies are now generating massive revenues for technology vendors and cloud service providers and yet there are still many years of strong growth ahead.”

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Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Sees Modest Decline in Third Quarter, According to IDC

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Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion. Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year.

“The enterprise storage market closed out the third quarter on a slight downturn, while continuing to adhere to familiar trends,” said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. “Spending on traditional external arrays resumed its decline and spending on all-flash deployments continued to see good growth and helped to drive the overall market. Meanwhile the very nature of the hyperscale business leads to heavy fluctuations within the market segment, posting solid growth in 3Q16.”

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WW Enterprise Storage Market Down 3% in 3Q16 From 3Q15

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Total WW enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in 3Q16, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker.

Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 EBs during the quarter.

Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion.

Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year.

The enterprise storage market closed out the third quarter on a slight downturn, while continuing to adhere to familiar trends,” said Liz Conner, research manager, storage systems. “Spending on traditional external arrays resumed its decline and spending on all-flash deployments continued to see good growth and helped to drive the overall market. Meanwhile the very nature of the hyperscale business leads to heavy fluctuations within the market segment, posting solid growth in 3Q16.”

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Software-Defined Storage Market Projected to Reach 22.56 Billion USD by 2021

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North America is expected to lead the Software-Defined Storage market as the governments in the region have initiated many projects related to digitalization of their countries, which is making the region the largest adopter of SDS solutions.[167 Pages Report] Software defined Storage Market categorizes the Global SDS Market by solutions as software-defined server, data security & compliance, controller, data management, and hypervisor, by services, by usage, by organization size, by application area & by geography.

According to report “Software-Defined Storage Market by Component [Platforms/Solutions (Software-Defined Server, Data Security & Compliance, Controller, Data Management, and Hypervisor), Services], Usage, Organization Size, Application Area – Global Forecast to 2021″, global market is expected to grow from USD 4.72 Billion in 2016 to USD 22.56 Billion by 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 36.7%.

Exponentially growing data volume across enterprises, rise in “software defined” concept, and the need for cost optimization in data management are some of the major driving factors for the SDS market. Furthermore, avoiding downtime of storage infrastructure and competitive market environment due to its being an innovative technology are expected to provide opportunities for the growth of the SDS market.

Data security and compliance software is expected to be the largest contributor in the global SDS market during the forecast period

Organizations have to mandatory follow the compliance policies and guidelines for storing and sharing data while securing business-critical information. Also, there is a need to take actions for storing and sharing data while securing the business-critical information. The requirement of security and compliance function in the existing SDS solution while storing the data has increased the demand for this software and is expected to contribute the highest in the overall revenue generation for the SDS market during the forecast period.

The support and maintenance segment is expected to show significant growth rate during the forecast period

The demand for services is significantly increasing along with the growth of the SDS market. Software and maintenance services help organizations to get the maximum benefits from their SDS software investment. The customers can get better assistance and maintenance for their SDS solution with various levels of support programs. The market for support and maintenance will keep growing owing to the need for consistent support required for deploying and utilizing the SDS solution.

Additionally, we are seeing data reduction solutions added to SDS that enable them to become extremely efficient in data storage use while improving data density and optimizing data center footprint.

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Hyperconverged Infrastructure Is Now A Data Center Mainstay

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Hyperconverged infrastructure, where networking, compute, and storage are assembled in a commodity hardware box and virtualized together, is no longer the odd man out. Compared with converged infrastructure — a hardware oriented combination of networking and compute — hyperconverged brings three data center elements together in a virtualized environment.

Hyperconverged infrastructure at one time was criticized as overkill and as handing off too many configuration decisions to a single manufacturer. But IT managers and CIOs have abandoned that critique as more and more hyperconverged units are integrated into the data center with minimal configuration headaches and operational setbacks.

The 451 Research Voice of the Enterprise found that 40% of enterprises now use hyperconverged units as a standard building block in the data center, and analysts expect that number to climb rapidly over the next two years.

For that 40% of users: “74.4% of organizations currently using hyperconverged are using the solutions in their core or central datacenters, signaling this transition,” according to the report.

Christian Perry, research manager at 451 and lead author of the report, wrote that “loyalties to traditional, standalone servers are diminishing in today’s IT ecosystems as managers adopt innovative technologies that eliminate multiple pain points.”

For large enterprises of 10,000 employees or more, 41.3% reported that they were planning to change their IT staff makeup as a result of hyperconvergence. Over a third — 35.5% — of enterprises responded that they had added more virtual machine specialists due to the adoption converged systems.

According to the authors, “This is more than double the number of organizations actively adding specialists in hardware-specific areas” (such as server administrators or storage and network managers).

One area, however, remains surprisingly unchanged.

Containers have yet to make a major appearance in the infrastructure’s makeup, and “remain nascent,” in Perry’s phrase, in data center management. Nearly 51% reported that none of their servers were running containers, while 22.3% told analysts that they are running containers on 10% or fewer of their x86 servers.

The 451 researchers don’t expect those low percentages to last.

IT staffs will eventually take advantage of “their lightweight nature” to further adoption of the DevOps IT model and frequent software updates. But such an adoption will require personnel, perhaps the same virtualization managers, being added to staff at a high rate to manage the technology, the report noted.

VMware for one is attempting to include container management inside its more general, vSphere virtual machine management system.

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Ubuntu OpenStack, Ceph Come to ARM Servers

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ARM officials took a step forward in their effort to build the software ecosystem around its efforts in the data center when Canonical announced that its Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph offerings are now commercially available on servers powered by ARM’s 64-bit chip architecture.

Officials with both companies made the announcement Oct. 17, giving ARM more support in its strategy to become the primary alternative to Intel’s x86-based processors in data center systems. Canonical officials said there is increasing demand from users of its open-source Ubuntu cloud and storage software for more options in the data center hardware they’re running. The Ubuntu Linux operating system already runs on the ARM architecture.

“We have seen our [telecommunications] and enterprise customers start to radically depart from traditional server design to innovative platform architectures for scale-out compute and storage,” Mark Baker, product manager for OpenStack at Canonical, said in a statement. “In partnering with ARM, we bring more innovation and platform choice to the marketplace.”

Baker said the “next generation of scale-out applications are causing our customers to completely revisit compute and storage architectures with a focus on scale and automation. The ARM and Canonical ecosystems offer more choice in data center solutions with a range of products that can be optimized to run standard server software and the next generation of applications.”

The focus of the new Ubuntu effort will be on scale-out computing environments in the data center and cloud. The two companies will work with Ubuntu certified system-on-a-chip (SoC) companies, OEMs and original-design manufacturers (ODMs) to encourage the development of production-grade servers, storage platforms and networking gear that run on the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture and are offered with Ubuntu Advantage support, officials said.

In a statement, Lakshmi Mandyam, senior marketing director of ARM’s server program, said the chip designer wanted to make sure to have “the best OpenStack and Ceph storage solutions and enterprise-grade support available. The commercial availability of Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph is another milestone that demonstrates open-source software on ARM is ready for deployment now. The ARM and Canonical ecosystems can now simply write once and deploy anywhere on ARM-based servers.”

“I’m comfortable with where we are at this point,” Mandyam said last year. “There are a lot of proofs-of-concept going on with ARM.”

The announcement by Canonical and ARM comes a week before the chip designer kicks off this year’s TechCon 2016 show in Santa Clara, California.

ARM officials have said they are confident that adoption will start to ramp starting next year. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, Lenovo and supercomputer maker Cray are among the OEMs that are testing ARM-based chips in servers.

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Next Generation Data Storage Technologies Market Forecast Up to 2024

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Next generation data storage technology includes technologically advanced data storage products and solutions to deal with increasing file sizes and huge amount of unstructured data. The next generation data storage technology manages large data securely and enables reliable, secure and fast recovery of data in a cost-efficient manner. It has enabled scalable storage and handling of large data generated by big enterprises.

The factors favoring the growth of the next generation storage technologies market include ubiquity of input and output devices in every sector and the ever-increasing need for managing, analyzing and storing huge amount of data. Consequently, the demand for next generation data technologies is expected to increase at a quick rate over the forecast period. This growth is expected to be backed by the growing demand for advanced time saving technologies including automated systems, smart technologies, online shopping, and internet of things etc. which require handling of large data generated by the enterprises.

There are various challenges restraining the growth of the next generation data storages technologies market. This includes technological complexity, repair and restore issues, lack of security etc. Furthermore, high level of data consistency is required in the data storage. Future growth in the market is projected to come from emerging need for data storage in small and medium enterprises.

The next generation data storage technologies market is segmented on the basis of technology and application. By technology, the market is classified as into all-flash storage arrays, hybrid array, cloud based disaster recovery, holographic data storage and heat assisted magnetic recording. Of these, hybrid array is a form of hierarchical storage management contains solid state drives and hard disk drives for input and output speed improvements. Holographic data storage is the high capacity data storage technology whereas hybrid array and all flash array are standard data storage techniques.

By application, next generation data storage technologies market is divided into the enterprise data storage, big data storage and cloud based storage.

North America is the dominating the next generation data storage technologies market. The Asian Pacific countries including China, Japan and India are expected to grow at a significant rate as compared to other regions. The presence of a large number of IT industries in the Asia Pacific region is one of the key factor driving growth of the next generation data storage technologies market in the region. Asia Pacific countries are speculated to make huge investments in the data storage sector to provide their existing infrastructures with new data storage technologies and solutions to improve the production process. Japan, which is one of the technology advanced nations, is anticipated to be a big market for next generation data storage technologies. The country is already using these data storage technology across its various industry verticals

Some of the key players in the next generation data technology market are Dell Inc., Avago Technologies, EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., HGST, Inc., – Hitachi Data Systems, IBM Corporation, NetApp, Inc., Avago Technologies, Drobo, Inc. and Micron Technology Corporation.

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WW Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Up 14.5% to $7.7 Billion in 2Q16 – IDC

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According to the International Data Corporation‘s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 14.5% year over year to $7.7 billion in 2Q16, ahead of renewed hyperscale growth expected in 2H16.

The overall share of cloud IT infrastructure sales climbed to 34.9% in 2Q16, up from 30.6% a year ago. Revenue from infrastructure sales to private cloud grew by 14.0% to $3.1 billion, and to public cloud by 14.9% to $4.6 billion. In comparison, revenue in the traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure segment decreased 6.1% year over year in the second quarter. Private cloud infrastructure growth was led by Ethernet switch at 49.4% year-over-year growth, followed by storage at 19.7%, and server at 8.9%. Public cloud growth was also led by Ethernet switch at 61.8% year-over-year growth, followed by server at 25.1% while storage revenue for public cloud declined 6.2% year over year. In traditional IT deployments, server declined the most (7.5% year over year) with Ethernet switch and storage declining 2.2% and 2.0%, respectively.

As expected, the hyperscale slow down continued in the second quarter of 2016,” said Kuba Stolarski, research director for computing platforms, IDC. “However, deployments to mid-tier and small cloud service providers showed strong growth, along with private cloud buildouts. In general, the second quarter did not have as difficult a compare to the prior year as the first quarter did, and this helped improve growth results across the board compared to last quarter. In 2H16, IDC expects to see strengthening in public cloud growth as key hyperscalers bring new datacenters online around the globe, continued strength in private cloud deployments, and declines in traditional, non-cloud deployments.”

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Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Holds Steady in Second Quarter

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Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue remained flat year over year, posting 0.0% growth and $8.8 billion during the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. Total capacity shipments were up 12.9% year over year to 34.7 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth declined within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was down 21.5% year over year to $794.7 million. Sales of server-based storage were up 9.8% during the quarter and accounted for almost $2.4 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.7 billion in sales represented flat 0.0% year-over-year growth.

“After a slow start to the year, the enterprise storage system market remained steady during the second quarter,” said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. “Spending on all flash deployments continues to grow and help drive the market. The decreasing cost of flash media, coupled with increasing use cases, high density deployments, and availability of flash-based storage products, have resulted in rapid adoption throughout the market.”

2Q16 Total Enterprise Storage Systems Market Results

EMC and HPE remained in a statistical tie* for the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 18.1% and 17.6% of spending respectively. HPE’s year-over-year growth rate as reported by IDC was impacted by the start of the H3C partnership in China that began in May of 2016; as a result, a portion of HPE-designed storage systems were rebranded for the China market and do not count in HPE’s market data from that point forward. Dell held the next position with a 11.5% share of revenue during the quarter. IBM and NetApp accounted for 6.8% and 6.7% of global spending respectively. As a single group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale data center customers accounted for 9.0% of global spending during the quarter.

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Merged Dell-EMC Targets Hybrid Cloud

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If bigger is better, the new IT behemoth Dell Technologies Inc. that combines the holdings of Dell and storage leader EMC Corp. fits the bill with the completion a $60 billion merger of cloud, storage, virtualization and hardware components that will seek to be all things to all enterprise IT customers.

“We think scale matters,” Michael Dell asserted Wednesday (Sept. 7) in unveiling the new Dell Technologies that incorporates EMC, VMware and other former EMC and Dell units. A tracking stock for VMware (NYSE: VMW) began trading on Sept. 7, the company said during a call with analysts. (It was trading lower at midday.)

The new company also underscores a shift toward IT industry consolidation as leading players in servers like Dell and storage leaders such as EMC search for synergies to meet enterprise demand for hybrid cloud and cloud native offerings.

The HPC community has been an active participant in the consolidation via one or another mechanism. IBM sold its PC business to Lenovo some time ago. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), itself the result of icon Hewlett-Packard’s split into two pieces, is in the process of acquiring SGI. One analyst on today’s Dell call noted rumors that HPE plans to take itself private, much as Dell had. Michael Dell declined to comment. Moreover, merger and acquisition speculation has percolated recently around other HPC mainstays. By sales volume, HPE is the leader in HPC sales but Dell has been making inroads.

Dell Technologies will at least initially employ 140,000 workers, making it the largest privately controlled technology in company “in numbers,” according to Tom Sweet, Dell Technologies’ CFO.

Emphasizing a hybrid cloud and cloud native application strategy, Michael Dell said the core Dell-EMC infrastructure solutions unit that includes the former Dell server hardware and EMC storage businesses would operate from “the edge to the core to the cloud.” Meanwhile, other units combined in the merger—including VMware, Virtustream, application developer Pivotal and security units RSA and SecureWorks—would operate under the own names and “can develop their own ecosystems,” Dell said.

The new IT behemoth is betting that its leading rankings in storage, converged platforms and cloud infrastructure position Dell Technologies to compete head-on with the likes of IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) as the phrase “digital transformation” transitions from a marketing buzz phrase to reality. Dell and others are targeting enterprise customers searching for new ways to cope with growing data volumes while scaling the delivery of distributed business applications.

Dell Technologies and its rivals also are betting that converged hybrid cloud platforms running cloud native applications represent the future of enterprise IT. Hence, David Goulden, president of the new Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group, said the new unit would likely extend partnerships with public cloud providers as it launches the combined cloud IT infrastructure unit.

Dell’s merger with EMC also underscores the fluid nature of a storage sector as next-generation technologies like all-flash arrays along with object and scale-out storage platforms make inroads in enterprise datacenters. EMC competitors such a scale-out network-attached storage specialist Qumulo Inc. emphasized market unease over the merger, including possible product overlap.

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