Storage Virtualization to Emerge as a Critical Competitive Battleground, IDC User Survey Reveals

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 6, 2006 – Over the next five years, storage virtualization in all its forms will emerge as a critical competitive battleground in the storage industry, according to a new study based on IDC's Storage Virtualization Survey. These technologies will drive changes in storage system architectures, spur significant investments in new storage software solutions, and potentially disrupt the current competitive environment.

"Storage virtualization has come of age. It's no longer a nascent market with limited user deployments and immature technology. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed are evaluating storage virtualization solutions, and 34% have already implemented such a solution," said Laura DuBois, research director for Storage Software at IDC.

"Our survey respondents' high level of interest reflects the growing role that file-centric applications have in many companies," added Richard Villars, vice president of Storage Systems at IDC. "Given current data-generation trends, file virtualization will emerge as an even more critical market for storage solutions providers."

The new IDC study, Storage Virtualization Comes of Age, Following Server Virtualization (IDC #204175) examines awareness of and interest in storage virtualization of end-users from midsize, large, and very large firms in different vertical industries. The study also explores time frame for purchasing, products and vendors in use or planned, and packaging and distribution preferences are explored. This study accomplishes the following:

— It quantifies current and planned adoption of storage virtualization by vendor, product, capacity, and overall configuration

— It uncovers a connection between server and storage virtualization

— It investigates barriers to and drivers for adoption of storage virtualization

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