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Content access demands push NAS growth

Posted: 08 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:consumer NAS  content access  NAS shipment 

In-Stat finds a growing market for centralised networked-attached storage (NAS) driven by the flood of portable CE and computing devices in homes. According to In-Stat, the need for NAS will be pushed by the need for content access, driving global consumer NAS shipment growth to 36 per cent CAGR from 2010–2015.

"The market for consumer NAS has come a long way in the last year. Many vendors have concentrated on simplifying the description of their systems, system setup and management of their products," said Norm Bogen, VP of research, In-Stat. "The end goal for this transformation is for NAS systems to appear less technical and more consumer-friendly."

Recent research from In-Stat revealed that combined market shares of the five largest vendors, namely Buffalo Technology, Apple, Western Digital, Iomega and NETGEAR increased to 62.8 per cent in total consumer and SMB NAS shipments in 2010. The firm added that worldwide revenues for consumer NAS were approximately Rs.3,042.15 crore ($678.4 million) last year. In 2015, Europe is forecast to claim about 50 per cent of all consumer NAS unit shipments, while the estimated household penetration of the device in North America will be about 4.4 per cent.

The research entitled "Worldwide Consumer Network-Attached Storage: Low Penetration, High Growth" covers the global market for consumer network storage including market forecasts, challenges and opportunities; consumer surveys; vendor market shares and product matrix.

For more statistics and forecasts, click here.

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