India’s External Storage market Grows 14.8%: IDC

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker Q2 2021, India’s external storage market has witnessed a growth of 14.8 per cent year-over-year (YoY) by vendor revenue and stood at USD 73.7 million in Q2 2021 (April – June).

The quarter witnessed YoY growth in storage spending from the government, and manufacturing verticals, while observing a sharp decline in contribution from BFSI, professional services, and telecommunications verticals during the same period, the research firm said.

The external storage systems market is expected to grow at a single-digit compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2020 – 2025 period. Furthermore, the external storage systems spending is expected to grow YoY significantly in 2H 2021 due to large data localisation projects in the BFSI segment and large government deals.

“Enterprises are forced to change their existing IT architectures to be adaptive and efficient while securing the workloads. Additionally, workloads are getting distributed to the edge, which is even more complicating things for organisations.

Enterprises are looking for an infrastructure platform which offers complete end-to-end data services along with built-in security features,” said Dileep Nadimpalli, Senior Research Manager, Enterprise Infrastructure, IDC India.

IDC further explained that the adoption of All-Flash Arrays (AFA) is evident, contributing 34.4 per cent to the overall external storage systems market in Q2 2021. The emergence of NVMe flash media would further drive the AFA market due to better cost vs performance ratio across verticals. HDD arrays saw a strong growth in Q2 2021 due to uptake of backup appliances for data protection needs.

Entry-Level storage systems grew by 65.4 per cent YoY due to increased investments from banking, government, professional services, and manufacturing organisations in Q2 2021. The high-end storage segment witnessed a YoY decline however, IDC expects uptake of this storage segment in the next couple of quarters.

Dell Technologies continued to be the market leader in the external storage systems market with a 26.7 per cent market share by vendor revenue, followed by HPE and NetApp in Q2 2021. Hitachi and IBM saw a YoY decline in Q2 2021.

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