target audience: TECH SUPPLIER  Publication date: May 2022 - Document type: Market Forecast - Doc  Document number: # US49090922

Worldwide and U.S. External Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2022–2026


  • Natalya Yezhkova Loading
  • Phil Goodwin Loading
  • Kuba Stolarski Loading
  • Eric Burgener


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This IDC study provides historical data (2017–2021) and forecast data (2022–2026) for the worldwide and U.S. external enterprise storage systems markets. The forecast represents an annual view of the quarterly forecasts released in March 2022 in IDC's 4Q21 Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. The forecast and historical data focus on end-user consumption of three categories of enterprise storage systems — external OEM, internal OEM, and "other," which covers cumulative shipments of systems sold directly to customers by original design manufacturers (ODMs). For each of these categories, IDC has estimated value (end-user spending), terabytes, and price per gigabyte.

"After market recovery in 2021, the world of external enterprise storage systems is facing new challenges related to continuous bottlenecks in the supply chain, inflation, and political instability," says Natalya Yezhkova, research vice president, IT Infrastructure at IDC. "Nevertheless, demand for digital storage isn't slowing down, and the challenges set new goals for expansion of as-a-service consumption of infrastructure, AI-enabled automation, and efficient data management tools."


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