The advent of new storage technologies such as AFAs has not – for the most part – changed the leaderboard of storage providers.
When asked to name their most important storage vendor, 24% of the 451 Alliance survey participants cited Dell EMC, followed by HPE at 13%. Rounding out the top four ‘traditional’ storage suppliers were IBM and NetApp.
However, what was surprising is the relatively recent addition of cloud service providers to the top seven suppliers list.
Some survey participants cited Microsoft, AWS or Google as their most important storage provider (although each weighed in with only single-digit percentages).
As the inexorable trend toward public cloud infrastructure continues, the cloud providers are expected to continue to increase their standings on the storage supplier leaderboard.