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Investment Trends for Storage Solutions by Vertical Market and Company Size in 2013: An IDC Survey

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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."

Table of Contents


IDC Opinion


In This Study


  • Methodology

  • Definitions

    • Vertical Markets

    • Company Sizes

    • Technologies

      • Storage Area Network

      • Network-Attached Storage

Situation Overview

  • Current Adoption of Storage Solutions by Vertical Market and Size Band

  • Current Adoption of Virtualization Technologies by Vertical and Size Band

Future Outlook

  • Short-Term Investment Plans for Storage Solutions by Vertical and Company Size

    • Storage Area Network

    • Network-Attached Storage

  • Planned Adoption of Virtualization Technologies by Vertical and Company Size

    • Server or Storage Virtualization

    • Desktop or Client Virtualization

Essential Guidance

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  • Related Research

  • Synopsis

Table: Western Europe Investment Plans in Storage Solutions (% of Respondents)

Table: Western Europe Spending Plans for Storage Solutions (% of Respondents)


Figure: Western Europe IT Solution Priorities Across Vertical Markets


Figure: Western Europe Current Adoption of Storage Solutions


Figure: Western Europe Current Adoption of Server or Storage Virtualization Technologies


Figure: Western Europe Current Adoption of Desktop or Client Virtualization Solutions


Figure: Western Europe Prioritization of Areas of IT Focus to Support the Business in the 12 Months Ahead by Vertical Market


Figure: Western Europe Investment Plans in Storage Solutions


Figure: Western Europe Investment Plans for Storage Solutions


Figure: Western Europe Investment Plans for SAN


Figure: Western Europe Investment Plans for NAS


Figure: Western Europe Planned Adoption of Server or Storage Virtualization Solutions


Figure: Western Europe Planned Adoption of Desktop or Client Virtualization Solutions


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