451 Research Survey: Public Cloud Storage Spending Will Double by 2017

Organizations will continue to transform their storage environments in 2016, according to the results of 451 Research’s new ‘Voice of the Enterprise’ survey, with over 70% of respondents expecting to increase their storage spending over the next year. Notably, the research reveals that the proportion of spending on public cloud storage services will at least double over the next two years, largely at the expense of traditional, on-premises storage.

On average, spending on public cloud storage will account for 17% of total enterprise storage spending by 2017, up from 8% today. In some verticals, such as retail, the public cloud will account for 25% of total storage spending by 2017. Spending on on-premises storage will fall from 70% in 2015 to 58% in 2017.

While the traditional storage players, led by EMC, dominate the list of strategic players today, this looks set to change over the next two years, according to the 451 Research survey. Both Amazon Web Services (AWS Cloud) and Microsoft (Azure) become top five storage vendors by 2017.

All-Flash Arrays

From a storage products perspective, spending will increase the most on public cloud and all-flash arrays, while spending on traditional SAN and NAS products will be more muted. The largest spending declines will be on tape products.

451 research“The storage infrastructure may have proven itself hardy to change over the years, but it is not immune to the same uber-trends that are fundamentally disrupting the role of IT at organizations of all sizes, ” said Simon Robinson, Research Vice President at 451, and Research Director of the new Voice of the Enterprise: Storage service. “IT managers are recognizing the need for storage transformation to meet the realities of the new Digital Economy, especially in terms of improved efficiency and agility in the face of relentless data growth. It’s clear from our Q4 study that emerging options, especially Public Cloud Storage and All-Flash Array technologies, will be increasingly important components in this transformation.”

Dealing with data and storage capacity growth is by far the single greatest pain point for storage managers. Respondents cited improved backup and disaster recovery as top storage objective for 2016.

Storage spending growth in Europe and among very large organizations (over 10,000 employees) will be weaker than average, according to the 451 Research survey, as will spending in the government and utilities verticals.