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by Zsolt Kerekes - editor

There's one kind of market research report which you won't find listed on the website of any storage market report vendor - and that's a directory of all the other market research companies they compete with! Here's my list - compiled from over 20 years of past news stories - which includes all categories of market research companies...
  • Storage Clairvoyants - predict the future
  • Terabyte Talliers - tell you what's already happened
  • Storage SoothSayers - make your PR sound more credible...
storage market research companies list
451 Research

9Dimen Research

Aberdeen Group

ABI Research





Carmel Group

Context World

Coughlin Associates

Customer Respect Group



Dell'Oro Group



Enterprise Strategy Group

Evaluator Group

Forrester Research

Forward Insights

Frost & Sullivan



Hurwitz & Associates



IMEX Research

Infiniti Research

InQuest Market Research


IT Brand Pulse


King Research

Macarthur Stroud International


Memory Strategies International

Mesabi Group

NPD Group

Objective Analysis

Osterman Research

Parks Associates

Research and Markets

Ridge Partners

Ridgetop Research

Robert Frances Group

Semico Research

Silverton Consulting

Simon Management Group



Storage Strategies NOW

Strategy Analytics

Strategic Research

Synergy Research Group

Taneja Group


Techno Systems Research

The Art of Service

The Diffusion Group

The Linley Group

The Spur Group


Transparency Market Research




Web-Feet Research

Westwood Marketing


Yole Developments


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low yield at sub 20nm is root of DDR4 shortage says DRAMeXchange

Editor:- April 14, 2017 - Quality problems in DRAMs which have been sampling this year at the new sub 20nm generation from major suppliers is at the heart of the issues discussed in a new - market view blog by DRAMeXchange - which concludes that the contract prrice of 4GB DDR4 DRAM modules will rise 12.5% entering 2Q17.

Avril Wu, research director of DRAMeXchange said - "PC-OEMs that have been negotiating their second-quarter memory contracts initially expected the market supply to expand because Samsung and Micron have begun to produce on the 18nm and the 17nm processes, respectively. However both Samsung and Micron have encountered setbacks related to sampling and yield, so the supply situation remains tight..." the article

NVMe market growth expectations

Editor:- March 31, 2017 - The state of the NVMe SSD and fabric market and its growth expectations are conveniently summarized in a new presentation - Experiences with NVMe over Fabrics (pdf) - by Mellanox. Among other things:-
  • 40% of AFAs will be NVMe based by 2020
  • shipments of NVMe SSDs will grow to 25+ million by 2020
  • 740,000 NVMe over Fabrics adapters will be shipped by 2020
This paper captures current expectations for how the market is expected to grow. the article (pdf)

Flash Memory Market $37 billion in 2016

Editor:- March 29, 2017 - Revenue for the worldwide flash memory market rose 10% year on year to about $37 billion in 2016 - according to a report by Web-Feet Research which also says that the memory industry is in its first period of not being able to supply enough products since the year 2000. ...more in SSD news

new edition - the Top SSD Companies

Editor:- March 10, 2017 - today published the new 39th quarterly edition of the Top SSD Companies.

Hyperstone, NVMdurance and SymbolicIO all made their first appearances in this list.

Although a lot has changed in the past 10 years of tracking future SSD winners in this series the next wave of dusruptive change in memory systems architecture has barely begun. the article

Toshiba was fastest growing SSD vendor in 2016 says IDC

Editor:- March 8, 2017 - The flash business unit of Toshiba - which may be called something different depending when you read this - has announced that its SSD business was the 4th largest by market share and the fastest growing (year on year) in 2016 according to data in a report - Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update, CY 4Q16 ($40,000) - published recently by IDC.

who's well regarded in networked storage?

Editor:- February 1, 2017, 2017 - IT Brand Pulse today announced the results of its recent survey covering brand perceptions in the networked storage market.

Among other things:- "By nearly a 2-to-1 margin, Seagate, outperformed second-place challenger (Western Digital) to capture its 5th Market Leader award for Enterprise HDDs.)" the article

NVDIMM market report

Editor:- January 11, 2017 - The NVDIMM market is estimated to grow at 64% CAGR over the course of 2016 to 2020 according to 9Dimen Research who recently published a report Global NVDIMM Industry 2016, Trends and Forecast Report ($2,850, 153 pages).

See also:- hybrid DIMMs market timeline, memory channel SSDs

BCC predicts $850 million market for carbon NRAM in 2023

Editor:- December 9, 2016 - BCC Research today announced a report - is NRAM Creating Market Volatility? - which among other things - predicts the size of the NRAM market based on technology developed by Nantero.

In the preamble BCC says...

"Can you give us a small peek at why NRAM will hold the advantage vs. Flash, SRAM and DRAM in the coming years? - The key word is breakthrough. With NRAM we depart the world of silicon and embrace cell phones, laptops and even an internet, that is increasingly going to become carbon based organisms. Smaller components that work faster but require less energy are absolute winners."

See also:- flash and alt nvms

NVMdurance compiles list of flash memory forecasts

Editor:- December 31, 2016 - How big is the flash market?

One company with a particular interest in that is NVMdurance whose light runtime footprint endurance expanding firmware technology can be applied to almost any kind of nand flash as an alternative (or companion) to more heavy weight controller derived adaptation techniques.

So if you're looking at flash market sizing data take a look at NVMdurance's new flash memory forecasts page which lists headline numbers from an assortment of market data sources.

Databeans expects growth in 2017 mil / aero semico market

Editor:- November 16, 2016 - A new blog by Databeans - a Turn Around on the Horizon for Mil/Aero says it expects revenue for semiconductors used in the military and aerospace market to grow by 8% in 2017. the article

See also:- military SSDs - news and articles

SSDs outsell HDDs in European storage distribution channels

Editor:- October 18, 2016 - "Revenues from sales of oem SSDs through Western European distribution channels in September 2016 again exceeded revenues from oem HDDs" - is the key message from a research note posted by Mehari Goitom, Enterprise Account Manager - Context World.

Mehari says - "This confirms SSDs as the leading storage technology in the dedicated storage market for the 3rd calendar quarter as large enterprise customers use them to replace HDDs." the article

New ingredients in the mix for storage market clairvoyants

Editor:- July 20, 2016 - What do you predict will happen in the storage market in the future? And how "real" are some of the newer technologies that you read about in web pages like this?

As a technology publisher for over 20 years I've been fortunate to have my own advance signals like talking to company founders, investors emails, web stats and inquiries about advertising for future product lines. And I use those to guide my priorities within the lanes that I write about.

Gerard Blokdijk CEO of The Art of Service (based in Brisbane Australia) has published a new market research report - Storage Technologies predictive analytics report ($97) which evaluates 36 storage-related hardware and software technologies in terms of their business impact, adoption rate and maturity level to help users decide where and when to invest.

"Data sources include trend data, employment data, employee skills data, and signals like advertising spent, advertisers, search-counts, instruction and courseware available activity, patents, and books published."

Editor's comments:- As a publisher who has helped to accelerate the adoption of new technologies by writing about them I have often said that new technologies become real when you see them advertised because editorial, and trade show activity in the storage market often precedes by 3 to 5 years the general availability of innovative new products which you can buy.

The Art of Service's inclusion of employment signals and product ads into the analysis mix sounds like a useful methodology difference compared to reports and trackers seen in this market before.

See also:- who does storage market research?

enterprise PCIe SSD shipments grew 16% Q-Q

Editor:- May 18, 2016 - TrendFocus today announced publication of its Q1 2016 nand/SSD quarterly market report.

TrendFocus says the enterprise SSD market saw growth in all segments - SATA, SAS, and PCIe.

Trendfocus  reports SSD market Q1 2016 shipments

For enterprise SATA SSDs, unit growth compared to the previous quarter was 5%, while SAS and PCIe saw higher growth at 6.7% and 16.3%, respectively.

Editor's comments:- In Q1 2016 SSD shipments reported by TrendFocus were 30 million units. Compare this to Q1 2014 for which period TrendFocus reported 15 million units. This shows SSD shipments over all markets have doubled in 2 years.

enterprise SSD petabytes doubled in China in 2015

Editor:- March 15, 2016 - Gregory Wong, President, Forward Insights says that Enterprise SSD petabytes doubled YoY in the China market in 2015. While at the same time - shipments of all types of SSDs grew 3x faster in the China market than the overall worldwide market.

Editor's comments:- Greg was coy about giving me exact numbers when I asked - which is why you got ratios instead in the story above - but you will be able to find raw numbers in his new report - Opportunities in China's SSD Market - which will be published next month. Whoops - I forgot to ask the price. Most of Forward Insights' past SSD reports have been in the region from aroung $5K to $10K.

top storage companies by revenue

editor:- February 5, 2016 - StorageNewsletter recently compiled a list of the Top 12 Storage Companies in 2015 (ranked by revenue).

This isn't the same as top SSD companies (by revenue or search volume) but there will be a degree of convergence between the 2 during the next 5 years.

Back in January 2001 I launched a series called the The 10 biggest storage companies - in which I tried to predict 2 years in advance who the top 10 would be (based on revenue).

That worked surprisingly well - but I EOLed the series when my primary focus became SSDs.

Interesting looking back that in 2001 Dell wasn't regarded by most people in the market as a serious storage company - and including them in my list stirred the enterprise pot.

IHS names 3 enterprise SSD billion dollar revenue companies

Editor:- November 20, 2015 - Earlier this year I promised you a $billion / year enterprise SSD companies list (which I haven't done yet).

If you can't wait (and like short lists) then IHS has done this already for enterprise SSD drives (which excludes rackmount flash systems).

IHS's list of enterprise SSD billionaires include 3 companies:- You can see the numbers in a new article here (on Electronics360).

Among other things it says "IHS forecasts that the SSD market to pass $13 billion in revenues this year and will surpass HDDs in revenue by 2019 with $20.8 billion versus $19.6 billion."

As you may recall I said something similar (the SSD market will be bigger in revenue than the HDD market ever was) in my 2012 article - How will the hard drive market fare... in a solid state storage world?

3D X-Point could shrink DRAM market by 1/3 in 5 years

Editor:- October 23 , 2015 - Coughlin Associates has recently published a new report on Emerging Non-Volatile Memory and Spin Logic (163 pages, $4,000).

The memories addressed in this report overview (pdf) include PRAM, RRAM, MRAM, STT MRAM as well as the recently announced 3D X-Point Technology.

3D X-Point Technology will have a big impact on DRAM growth (with DRAM sales down $6.7 billion to $15.6 billion due to XPoint by 2020) with XPoint revenues of $663 million to $1.5 billion by 2020.

MRAM and STT MRAM revenue is estimated at $1.4 billion to $3.2 billion by 2020. Manufacturing equipment revenue for MRAM and STT MRAM production is estimated to be between $159 million and $294 million by 2020.

DCIG publishes new edition of its AFA Buyers Guide

Editor:- September 30, 2015 - DCIG recently announced a new edition of its All-Flash Array Buyer's Guide (60 pages, free signup) which - from a desk based research stance - describes, comments on, and compares in depth the features of key products in this category from 18 selected vendors in the market (AMI, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HP, Huawei, IBM, iXsystems, Kaminario, NetApp, Nimbus Data, Oracle, Pure Storage, SolidFire, Tegile, Violin Memory and X-IO).

Editor's comments:- One of the roles for this document which DCIG suggest is as a "short list" for quickly and conveniently getting your hands on consistently-presented, in-depth datasheets for a market snapshot of products from a range of credible sources.

As to how the sample list of vendors is cast - DCIG clearly stated they do not merely rely on vendors paying them for inclusion in the list. Nevertheless one of the problems with the authority of any "buyers guide" is the degree of inclusivity and (by implication) the transparency of filtering criteria.

When you include hundreds of products in such a guide from all known vendors - then the sampling process is transparent (and those not in the guide - need to make better efforts to communicate with their market) but when you have a guide which samples only a small percentage of vendors then inevitably questions get asked about how those in the sample were chosen.

My guess on the representational value of the companies listed in the guide is that it's compatible with the kind of shortlist you'd get by sampling from 3 broad criteria.
  • companies added into the list based on public revenue criteria and corporate brand strength (to ensure inclusion of older, long established storage companies)
  • companies added into the list based on search strength, or social media derived ranking rather than revenue (to ensure sampling of some newer companies)
  • companies added into the list for arbitrary reasons (maybe they've got a particularly interesting feature which the authors want to discuss as a counterpoint to others, or maybe the authors have some special relationship with the company which means they know more about it)
It took me about 30 seconds after seeing DCIG's vendor list that the above (or some reverse analysis thought process like it) is probably as good an explanation as any for DCIG to have constructed its list.

I'm not saying that's how they did it. But if you had to construct a vendor list of reduced size (and DCIG does have to because - due to their format - it would be cumbersome, repetitious and wasteful of analyst time to scale the guide to hundreds of vendors) this is as good a way as any other - for the purpose of discussing representational features in the AFA market.

So in that respect (unlike others) I don't have any quarrel with the sample they've chosen.

It sure wouldn't be my list. But DCIG's authors are aiming to produce a different kind of guide and they see their added value as coming from their proprietary vendor scoring criteria. And that necessitates a different kind of list.

In a free competitive market - reports compete for your attention - just as much as products. And you don't have to like every feature to learn something useful from them.

DCIG's scoring criteria is where I part company with DCIG's thinking. And this is a gulf I can't bridge.

I just have to look away from these pages to prevent my crystal ball cracking for reasons I explained when discussing an earlier version of this guide back in March 2014.

I think the scoring concept intrinsically suggests a much more stable, restricted and naive model of the SSD enterprise than is currently the case. In some respects the scoring concepts are like a bridge too far and sometimes to the wrong places and sometimes entirely missing some critical destinations.

Nevertheless I'm sure DCIG's new guide will serve adequately for many people who see things the same way as the guide creators do and who like their way of doing things. So I'm sure there will be more editions of this guide in future.

It's not DCIG's fault that the enterprise SSD market resembles at times the navigational uncertainty of Lost in Space (tv series) when in the very first episode the rocket gets hit by a meteor storm.

In the SSD market we've been through a whole bunch of similar cosmic disturbances and our rocket was launched with no clear destinations in mind at the outset. The best we can hope for is plausible pragmatic reinterpretations at convenient refueking stops.

BTW - I'm not suggesting that anyone else could do a better scoring job by using different methodologies.

Instead what I'm saying is that such a style of analysis is inappropriate because of current defects in enterprise SSD market models and the general understanding of them.

While that situation persists - such simplistic "winner" style guides run the risk of advocating the essential flavor of beef to vegetarians.

new SSD market report from TMR

Editor:- September 18, 2015 - SSDs with capacities of 80GB and below accounted for approximately 36% of the $15 billion global SSD market revenue in 2014 according to a new market report - SSD Market - Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2022 ($4,795 133 pages) - published by Transparency Market Research - which says that Samsung, Intel and SanDisk accounted for over 57% of market revenue

Video footage accounts for 100 Exabytes per year of new storage

Editor:- September 17, 2015 - "Video footage accounts for 7% of the total storage sold worldwide for any reason" - that factoid is from a paper - Taming the firehose of media files (pdf) by a media management company called axle Video

In-Memory Computing market could be $23 billion by 2020

Editor:- September 10, 2015 - "The global In-Memory Computing (IMC) market is expected to grow from $5 billion in 2015 to $23 billion by 2020" according to Akanksha Gandhi, Research Associate at Research and Markets - who has co-authored a recent report -
In-Memory Computing Mark - Global Forecast to 2020 ($5,650, 132 pages).

"An increasing trend toward using analytics for decision making" - is one of the factors mentioned as likely to contribute to this 32% predicted CAGR growth trend."

SSD market slowing down?

Editor:- June 22, 2015 - In a new observation on the state of the SSD market - SSD Insights Q2/15: Slowing Down - Gregory Wong, President, Forward Insights said this...

"The weak PC market and tepid datacenter demand affected shipments of SATA SSDs in Q1/15. This was offset by strong shipments of SAS SSDs and SSDs into the channel which benefited from aggressive pricing, particularly in Asia."

growing user confidence will spur enterprise flash consolidation

Editor:- April 21, 2015 - In an new article today on I look at drivers, mechanisms and routes towards consolidation in the enterprise SSD systems market along with some other outrageous and dangerous ideas.

"90% of the enterprise SSD companies which you know have no good reasons to survive." the article

flash backed DIMMs - new directory on

Editor:- October 21, 2014 - Although has been writing about flash backed DRAM DIMMs since the first products appeared in the market - I didn't think that subject was important enough before to rate a specific article or market timeline page.

That's unlike memory channel SSDs - which is now 1 of the top 10 SSD subjects viewed by readers after having had its own directory page since April 2013.

However, sometimes a market is defined as much by what it isn't as by what it is.

And so - to help clarify the differences between these 2 types of similar looking storage devices (one of which I think is much more significant than the other - but both of which are important for their respective customers) I have today created a directory page for hybrid DIMMs etc - which will act as the future pivoting point for further related articles.

Evaluator Group announces new report series for rackmount SSDs

Editor:- September 24, 2014 - Evaluator Group today announced it's expanding its comparison report coverage (from around $2,750 for IT end-users) related to rackmount SSD and hybrid array vendors.

The latest addition to EV's research area are product analyses for 15 vendors, including: Cisco, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM, Kaminario, NetApp, Nimble, Nimbus, Pure Storage, SanDisk, SolidFire, Tegile, Tintri and Violin.

"Over the next 3 years Evaluator Group expects Solid State Storage Systems to be the architecture adopted for primary storage," said Camberley Bates, Managing Partner & Analyst at Evaluator Group. "Performance to reduce latency and improve consistency, along with reliability and efficiency functionality will drive this change. It is important IT end users understand the trade-offs of design and technical implementation to best suit their needs."

Using the Solid State Evaluation Guide to understand the critical technology characteristics EV says IT end users can clearly identify their requirements and priorities. The Solid State Comparison Matrix allows for side-by-side comparison of product specifications and capabilities. Evaluator Group guides IT end users through the process with product reviews and expertise on managing and conducting a Proof of Concept. Evaluator Group Solid State Storage Systems coverage includes products specifically designed to exploit the characteristics of all solid state deployment.

What will you be getting? EV is offering a free evaluation copy of their report for the IBM FlashSystem to people who sign up for it.

Editor's comments:- with so many different architectural roles for enterprise SSDs and different user preferences - it's unrealistic to suppose that any simple side by side product comparisons will suit all permutations of user needs. But having said that - any reliable information which assists user education and comprehension into SSD arrays is a good thing.

Some flash array vendors - realizing the futility of expecting that users will understand what their products do and how they will interact with the bottlenecks and demands of unknowable user installations and prederences - have instead side-stepped these delay laden hard user selection quandries - exaggerated by the very real personal concerns of getting it wrong - by instead offering new risk delineated pricing models - as described in my article - Exiting the Astrological Age of Enterprise SSD Pricing.

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