Summary of Storage Predictions for 2013

By January 30, 2013
OfflineAshish Nadkarni

The IDC Storage Team presented our predictions for 2013. The seminar was well attended and covered a broad range of topics in the storage industry. 2013 is shaping to be an interesting year for storage (like which year is not?!).

IDC expects Storage to continue to be a hot market in 2013. Major trends like Big Data, Cloud and bit technologies like Flash will continue to spur innovation. BYOD will continue to shape IT and have an impact on corporate sync'n share solutions. With the economy looking a bit better, many businesses may increase their spending (though as a whole the market may stay flat). So here are the top ten predictions. As always the full presentation is availale on

1. Public cloud will see a lot of activity: M&A, pricing changes, sync n' share services, object-storage, cold storage

2. Scale-out storage architectures will be the fastest growing segment: File, object and block will all grow. 

3. Convergence of compute and storage will play a disruptive role.

4. Self-built storage systems will drive ODMs and OEMs to respond.

5. Memory and Flash/SSDs will continue their quest to replace spinning disks

6. Software defined storage (and networking) will remain unsolved opportunities in 2013

7. Storage efficiency will continue to make inroads into primary data (copy data elimination will become a prime focus)

8. The next "Linux wave" of open source commercialization will occur in storage - primarily driven by Big Data and Analytics

9. Hypervisor based data protection will drive change and consolidation (Multi-hypervisor shops beware)

10. Personal and Entry Level Storage Demand Served with M&A, New Solutions and Partnerships



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Ashish Nadkarni


Ashish Nadkarni is a research director within IDC's Storage Systems research practice. He provides detailed insight and analysis on evolving industry trends, vendor performance, and the impact of new…


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