IDC Canada releases storage numbers

In a recent report on end-user storage use in this country, Toronto-based IDC Canada found that corporate Canada relies primarily on Unix-run systems configured in direct-attached storage (DAS) architectures. Windows is gaining ground, however, and is expected to close the gap by 2005. DAS, with 74 per cent of the market, is also expected to lose ground to networked storage technology during the same time frame. IDC estimated that by 2005, storage attached networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS) will have captured just under half of the total market. IDC also played down the role of storage service providers (SSP), noting that most IT managers are wary about handing their core data to an as-yet-untested market segment. However, the headaches associated with storing secondary data will allow for some SSP growth.