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|[December 06, 2017]
Western Digital Announces "State of Object Storage" Survey; Shows >90 Percent Moving to Object Storage
Western Digital (News - Alert) Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the results of
its first annual "The Growing Role of Object Storage in Solving
Unstructured Data Challenges" survey conducted in collaboration with 451
Research. Two hundred enterprise and service provider decision makers
and influencers participated in the September 2017 survey, providing new
and valuable insights into their unstructured data storage requirements,
and their interest in adopting object storage.
The survey validated the ongoing explosion of unstructured data, with 63
percent of enterprises and service providers reporting that their
storage capacities are at 50 petabytes (PB) or more, of which, more than
half is unstructured data. Most service provider respondents reported
growth rates in the 60 to 80 percent range, while enterprise customers
hovered more toward 40 to 50 percent annual growth.
Next-generation applications that are driving the adoption of new
unstructured data storage technologies, like object storage, include
analytics and Internet of Things (IoT), as well as traditional
applications, such as web and email that are outgrowing their
traditional infrastructures. Increased use of rich media, instead of
text data, including audio, video and non-text research and engineering
data, are also primary drivers for this data growth.
"The rapid growth of unstructured data driven by new applications,
workloads and rich-media data streams, combined with data center
transformations to hybrid cloud, software-defined and converged
architectures, are unraveling traditional storage markets," said Phil
Bullinger, senior vice president and general manager, Data Center
Systems Business Unit, Western Digital. "Whether focusing on Big Data or
Fast Data, enterprises are increasingly competing on their ability to
efficiently harness and create value from relentlessly increasing
volumes of data. Object storage is a foundational architecture for
creating the right environments to capture, preserve, access and
Key findings in the 2017 survey include:
Within 24 months, object storage will grow to reach 90 percent
penetration amongst respondents for key big data use cases - even for
newer use cases like IoT and analytics.
The biggest technical driver causing organizations to shift from block
and file storage to object storage is the need to support new cloud
workloads and applications being written for cloud native environments
and APIs. Reducing cost for large scale storage is a close second,
especially for enterprises.
The top business drivers for object storage include: 1) protecting
valuable data; 2) making data accessible; 3) cost; and 4) identifying
new revenue opportunities. Focusing in on why protecting valuable data
is the top business driver, survey responses identified the root cause
as weak and inconsistent data retention policies.
Respondents who already had object storage deployed, identified that
metadata is an important benefit of object storage and want help with
developing metadata frameworks.
"These results point to object storage as the foundation for future data
architectures that address untructured data, replacing block and file
storage systems, and addressing the challenges of Big Data and
analytics," said Joan Wrabetz, vice president of Marketing and Product
Management, Data Center Systems Business Unit, Western Digital. "Whether
data is processed in the cloud or on-premises, new applications are
already being designed for an object storage paradigm because it
provides the right environment for that data to thrive."
"Regardless of source, the challenge of managing unstructured data today
lies in our limited ability to identify the contents of an unstructured
data file without actually opening it," said Steven Hill, senior analyst
of Storage Technologies, 451 Research (News - Alert). "In object storage, the contents
of user-facing metadata is customizable, which adds an incredible degree
of flexibility in the identification and management of stored data.
However, along with that flexibility comes the challenge of defining a
metadata framework that best addresses a customer's business needs over
the long term. The survey results showed that customers of all sizes
were looking for guidance in defining their long-term metadata needs."
For a complimentary copy of the survey report, please visit: http://pages.hgst.com/State_of_Object_Storage_Survey.html.
For more information about the Western Digital ActiveScale™ family
of Object Storage appliances, visit: https://www.hgst.com/products/systems.
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About Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is
driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve,
access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere
data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal
devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of
data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the
G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk (News - Alert)®, Tegile™, Upthere™ and WD® brands.
About 451 Research
451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and
advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market
disruption, we provide essential insight for leaders of the digital
economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via
syndicated research, advisory services and live events to over 1,000
client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world.
Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York City, 451 Research is a
division of The 451 Group (News - Alert).
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
statements relating to the market for our object storage system
products. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including but not
limited to, the risks detailed in our Securities and Exchange Commission
("SEC (News - Alert)") filings, including our most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC
on Nov. 7, 2017, to which your attention is directed. You should not
place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and Western
Digital undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking
statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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