BYOD is driving SMB storage market growth, says IDC

The BYOD trend, along with strict regulatory requirements for data retention, is fueling demand for data storage at small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), IDC analyst Liz Conner tells PC World.

Network-attached storage enables tablets and smartphones to access shared corporate data more easily, Conner notes.

According to the latest IDC stats, shipments of entry-level business storage units, which include those for SMBs and small/home offices, increased 20.3 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2014. Higher bay storage devices--five bays or more--saw a unit shipment increase of 22.6 percent in the quarter.

"The increased interest in both the entry level and higher-end portion of the personal storage market can be attributed to improved customer awareness of data storage, increased vendor offerings, shifting expectations of data storage, improved marketing/customer education, and average selling prices that more closely align with personal storage than enterprise storage," explains Conner in a statement.

Ethernet is the "interface of choice" for the entry-level business storage market, securing 93.8 percent of the market.

Hard disk drive (HDD) vendors increased their market share for personal and entry-level storage, reaching a 77.6 percent market share in the second quarter of 2014. At the same time, the entry-level business storage market was dominated by the mainstream non-HDD vendors with 58.8 percent unit shipment market share, down 13 percentage points year-over-year, according to IDC.

For more:
- read the PC World article
- check out IDC's stats

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