This IDC study draws on the results of IDC's latest European Vertical Markets Survey based on interviews with 1,603 organizations with more than 20 employees in the five largest Western European countries. This study analyzes the survey's findings regarding current deployment and short-term investment plans for storage solutions, with a specific focus on SAN and NAS, and for virtualization technologies. Results are presented for total Western Europe, aggregated into the following nine vertical markets: financial services, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, telecom/media, utilities/oil and gas, retail/wholesale, professional services/transport, government, and healthcare. Furthermore, results are given for the following five size classes: 20-99, 100-249, 250-499, 500-999, and 1,000+ employees.
"Short-term investment plans, both for enhancements and upgrades and for new solutions, remain healthy across vertical markets and company size bands," said Serena Da Rold, program manager, IDC European Vertical Views. "The same four verticals - professional services/transport, telecom/media, discrete manufacturing, and healthcare - are leading for both SAN and NAS spending plans."