The Indian External Storage market is expected to grow by about 9% in 2012, up $30 mn from its 2011 figure of $328 mn. This year is expected to see the growing adoption of storage virtualization and the emergence of more Cloud Service Providers who will, among other things, offer Cloud Storage. The impact of the Thai floods that saw hard drive manufacturing plants in the region being shut down had its impact in 2011 and continues to have an impact this year although a diminishing one. At the same time, there were positive indicators with the SMB market starting to move from DAS to NAS or IP-SAN and feature-rich solutions being made available to this sector.
“Because of the Thai floods and the consequent shortage of drives, costs went up. Despite that, we grew well. Overall, the market would have grown by 10-11%. We are looking for positive growth this year as well. The market is moving from DAS to SAN/NAS. Virtualization solutions are being adopted. The Indian market is moving from being price conscious to performance conscious,” commented Sridharan Mani, CEO, American MegaTrends India.
Technologies in demand
There are lots of enterprise storage technologies that have been around for a while now including storage virtualization, FCoE, iSCSI, storage tiering etc. Some have caught on, while others haven’t. iSCSI has clearly been a winner with IP-SANs proliferating.
“Enterprises are showing interest in Cloud computing and FCoE. People are still worried about security in the Cloud. They prefer a private Cloud solution. FCoE can help lower costs by offering performance that’s better or equal to that of FC,” said Mani of AMI.
2011 saw a lot of enterprises go in for low-cost options in storage. Consolidation is a problem for these companies and there is no interoperability between their storage boxes. They are looking at the Cloud as a solution in the future. A fairly good amount of server and storage virtualization has occurred.
Boston’s Nayee said that the adoption of tiered storage was leading to increasing demand for SSD/flash based storage being used as a cache typically for large databases and high transaction I/O apps. Commodity products were taking share away from proprietary ones as enterprises moved from FC to IP-SAN with the latter having become resilient now.
Dell’s Sridhar felt that SSD/Flash was becoming a dependable component. On the storage virtualization front, it was starting to happen alongside server virtualization.
EMC’s Varma felt that Cloud computing, storage virtualization, FCoE and Automated Storage Tiering all had a strong correlation leading to a cascade effect. “The Cloud is the umbrella, which is defining a transformation in how customers do business today. If you want to make a journey to the Cloud, virtualization is a significant technology. With the ability to converge networks, FCoE will fuel Cloud adoption. The adoption of EFD is helping customers virtualize and consolidate and move onto the Cloud. The trend emerged in 2010-11 and it will be stronger in the coming years,” he said.
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